(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Health reforms in budget 2020-21 [MARCH-2020]

(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Health reforms in budget 2020-21


Health reforms in budget 2020-21

Holistic vision of healthcare:

  • Provided about Rs. 69,000 crores that is inclusive of Rs. 6400 crores for PradhanMantriJan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) for the health sector.
  • More than 20,000 empanelled hospitals under the PMJDY but more is required inTier-2 and Tier-3 cities to meet the needs of poorer people. A Viability Gap funding window is proposed for setting up hospitals in the PPP mode. Aspirational Districts Will be covered where presently there are no Ayushman empanelled hospitals.This would also provide large scale employment opportunities to youth. Proceeds From taxes on medical devices would be used to support this vital health infrastructure.
  • Expanding Jan Aushadhi Kendra Scheme to cover all districts offering 2000medicines and 300surgicals by 2024.

Reforms in medical education and practice:

  • To meet the requirement of qualified medical doctors, a medical college is to be attached to an existing district hospital in PPP mode for Viability Gap Funding.
  • Large hospitals with sufficient capacity are to be encouraged to offer resident doctors DNB/FNB courses under the National Board of Examinations.
  • Special bridge courses to be designed by the Ministries of Health and Skill Development together with professional bodies to bring in equivalence.

Development Women and child development:

  • More than six lakh angan wadi workers are equipped with smart phones to upload the nutritional status of more than 10 crore households under the POSHAN Abhiyan.
  • It is proposed to appoint a task force to look into the issue of age of a girl entering motherhood in accordance to the changing society as well as lowering MMR. The task force will present its recommendations in six months’ time.
  • Allocation of Rs. 35,600 crore for nutrition-related programmes for the financial year 2020-21. Health and Sanitation:
  • Avery focused safe water (JalJeevan Mission) and comprehensive sanitation programme (Swachh Bharat Mission) have been launched to support the healthvision. That would reduce the disease burden on the poor.
  • The total allocation for Swachh Bharat Mission is about Rs.12,300 crore in 2020-21.


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