India's health spend low, needs to be made priority: Niti Aayog's V K Paul

Says competing priorities have subdued it, Calls for raising spend to 8% of budget

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In 2018-19, India's spending on the health sector was 1.5 per cent of the gross domestic product

Ruchika Chitravanshi New Delhi
India health expenditure is “low” and needs to be raised by both the Centre and state government to 8 per cent of the Budget, said V K Paul, member-health, NITI Aayog. 

Competing priorities have kept the spending on the sector low, said Paul, calling for an immediate correction in this, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Addressing the Asia Health Summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Thursday, Paul said the current expenditure is less than 5 per cent of the Budget in most states. “The Centre will have to work with states to see how they can

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First Published: Nov 19 2020 | 5:53 PM IST

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