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Government willing to double healthcare budget: Rajnath

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday said the government is willing to more than double the share of sector to 2.5 per cent of the country's GDP.

"Currently, the government spends 1.16 per cent of the country's GDP on the sector. However, the has said the budget for can increase up to 2.5 per cent of the GDP," said at the 64th Founder's Day celebrations of here.

He said providing for the population of 125 crore "is not easy". Challenges relate to both medical infrastructure and services including severe shortages of doctors, nurses and hospitals, he said, giving out comparative statistics of healthcare in and the world.

In India, for every 1,000 persons, there are 0.6 doctors, 0.8 nurses and 1.5 beds, whereas the world average is 1.2 doctors, 0.8 nurses and four beds, said the

Citing Ayushman Bharat that promises to provide health coverage to 10 crore vulnerable families with an insurance of Rs 5 lakh per family per year, said: "This would require infrastructure. The government is working towards it so as to ensure affordable and "

"Heavy investment would be required. The government will increase its investment in both But it is not possible for the government to do this alone. We are encouraging the private sector. We see them as strategic partners," he said.

Stressing that a "Healthy India" is a must to build a strong and prosperous India, he said that the is trying to provide free diagnosis and free emergency care at all government hospitals, even as it is planning big on medical tourism for people coming to for treatment.

The Minister said several steps have been taken towards boosting medical tourism such as extending e-to 161 countries and extending the duration of stay on e-from 30 to 60 days allowing for triple entry in e-Medical cases.

On Sir Ganga Ram and his hospital that was first established in in 1921 and later in in 1954, Rajnath Singh said: "He had a big heart. is the only institution that exists by the same name in our country and neighbouring "



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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 18:34 IST