#Budget2019: Healthy India Modi government’s vision for 2030

The union budget on health this year primarily focuses on Healthy India, which aims for a comprehensive wellness system. Also the union government claimed that the Ayushman Bharat scheme has greatly benefitted the poor people in the country     

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With the cap on prices of medicines and medical devices, the poor and needy people are now able to access better healthcare and medical treatment. The insurance cover under Ayushman Bharat is a boon for all. Also, heart stents and capping of knee replacement surgery has helped countless Indians live a better life.

Budget 2019 – Key Health Highlights

  • 10 lakh people have been benefitted due to Ayushman Bharat scheme.
  • Ayushman Bharat’s budget allocation has been increased to Rs 6,400 crores. The Modi govt has allocated Rs 63,538 crores for the health budget.
  • These poor and needy people have saved 3,000 crore rupees by availing medical treatment under Ayushman Bharat.
  • With rates of medicines being capped, by making medicine affordable thousands of people have been benefitted our govt has also capped prices of heart stents and knee replacement surgeries as well.
  • 21 AIIMS established and 22nd AIIMS in Haryana.
  • 1,330 crores for mission for protection and empowerment of women.
  • Maternity leave of 26 weeks and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) for pregnant women and for financial empowerment of women by increased participation in work.

While speaking in the Lok Sabha, interim finance minister, Piyush Goyal, stated, “Healthy India with distress-free and comprehensive wellness system for all is the 9th dimension of our vision 2030.”

The union government has decided to infuse 6,400 crores to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, but the IMA believes that it has not been utilised in the best manner. While speaking to My Medical Mantra about the Union Budget 2019, Immediate Indian Medical Association (IMA) National past President, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, stated, “It is very disappointing for health sector, as there has been no increase in Outlay for Health-Remains at meagre 1% of GDP. IMA persistently has demanded to increase it to minimum 2.5% of GDP.  Announcing new AIMS without necessary financial support is gimmicks-the poor state of previously announced AIMS is a testimony to it.”

He added, “The figures of beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat are misleading-mainly they are of government hospitals, where already free treatment was given, or figures adopted from existing state schemes.”

Dr Wankhedkar further said, “No announcement on reducing drug prices by adopting the long standing demand of IMA of One Company-One Drug-One Price Policy.”

He concluded saying, “No relief for small and medium hospitals, who are one of the largest employment providers, especially for women, neither in form of Single Window Clearance or Incentives for opening hospitals in rural and difficult areas.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Prachi Sonawade (name changed), a pregnant working woman said,“ The pregnancy leave of 26 weeks is a very good decision taken by the union government. This decision will help thousands of working women like me who struggle to meet the ends at home and at the workplace.”

Shalaka Thackrey, who delivered a baby recently while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “After delivery, a number of complications arise and we have to face them. Sometimes, the health complication may take several months as well to heal or resolve itself. The decision of 26 week pregnancy leave is welcome, but, the facility of work from home, should also be considered.”

Bhagyashree Pangerkar, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “This is a very good move from the government side for the pregnant women, leave during pregnancy plays a very important role.Leave for pregnancy is always beneficial for the baby and the mother.”

While speaking in the Lok Sabha, interim finance minister, Piyush Goyal, stated, “Healthy India with distress-free and comprehensive wellness system for all is the 9th dimension of our vision 2030.”