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It is necessary to spend more on the country’s health system, reports and data from everywhere in the second wave of Corona showed how the general public had to be concerned. Even so, the condition of health services in small towns is not good, except in the main cities of the country. Experts associated with this sector say that India’s current spending is 1.2-1.6% of GDP, which is very low compared to other major economies, it needs to be increased to 4.5% of GDP in the next few years. next 7-10 years.
Expenditure on primary health centers in rural areas
Dr. Vivek Talolikar, CEO of Global Hospital in Mumbai, says there is an urgent need to create long-term strategies to set up a system to deal with future pandemics. The pandemic has brought to light the state of primary health care centers in rural areas and their importance in early detection of patients and timely care before health conditions worsen. The government is expected to continue spending on the health sector in the next budget as India has yet to fully vaccinate its population and COVID-19 is far from over as new variants emerge around the world.
India’s current healthcare spending is only 1.2% to 1.6% of GDP
He claims that India’s current spending on healthcare is 1.2% to 1.6% of GDP, which is very low compared to other major economies. Public health accounts for 60% of total healthcare spending in India in the Economic Survey 2020-21. Therefore, to address the twin challenges of rising non-communicable and infectious diseases, it is essential that public spending on healthcare increase to 4.5% of GDP in the next 7-10 years.
Health sector spending is expected to be at least 2.5% of GDP
Dr. Vispi Jokhi, CEO of Masina Hospital, expects the expenses to increase in the budget. He says the budget for the health sector is expected to grow from 1.8% to at least 2.5% of GDP this year. This is a very important theme. Certain relaxations have been approved for the industry in view of the health care situation following the devastating effects of the Covid pandemic. The rules should be relaxed for free and massive treatment of poor and vulnerable patients at a subsidized cost. To this end, the prescribed limit of 2% should be lowered.
Jokhi says there is a need for hospitals to reduce the cost of complying with fire safety and other infrastructure regulations by providing special prices for related equipment. There is a need to formulate policies to deal with future pandemics where a consultative approach to public-private partnership will be taken. The budget with the participation of Charitable Trust Hospital must provide universal health insurance at an affordable price for you.