In order to ensure health coverage for all and reaching out to the farthest corners, the government has approved setting up of 17 new medical colleges and upgrade 70 existing medical institutions to make it updated and functional.
According to the Health Minister JP Nadda the government is willing to ensure that the states get enough infrastructure and capacity to build, develop and enhance their medical facilities in order to achieve the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha he said, “The central government is committed to assisting the states/union territories in the direction of UHC. This is, however, to be carried out in a phased manner given the need for requisite infrastructure and adequate capacity in the states.” He was also questioned related to the Universal Healthcare Plan and whether the government has rolled out the plan completely.
Speaking about the tertiary healthcare the minister had noted that there are nine more AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) that would come up in the nation. At present there are six AIIMS that are operational in the country.
The National Health Mission (NHM) helps the states and union territories in order to make them strengthening, so that they could provide free/affordable healthcare, free drugs and diagnostics to the people who access public healthcare facilities. Also, under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana (RSBY) there is a provision of up to Rs. 30,000 annually per family of five for the BPL families in case of specific hospitalization procedures. This scheme also runs through a card system and also provision of health cards to all will progress with the phased implementation of UHC.
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