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India plans to spend 2-3% of its GDP on healthcare: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The government aims to increase investments in the health sector to 2-3 per cent of the total GDP (gross domestic product), the union health and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Saturday. According to the mid-term appraisal report of the 12th Five Year Plan, public expenditure on health sector was 1.09 per cent of the GDP, combining the allocations by the central and state governments.

“We are now aspiring to taking the total allocation for the health sector to 2-3 per cent of our GDP in the 12th (Five Year) Plan period,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said, addressing a seminar in Pune. According to the health minister, the government has invested over Rs 45,000 crore in the last five years in the health sector.

“The healthcare sector is now a happening sector in our country. It is witnessing unprecedented growth. Thanks to the impetus provided by the National Rural Health Mission, the government over the last five years has invested nearly Rs 45,000 crore to improve the healthcare infrastructure right from sub-centre to district hospitals,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

The minister further said that the government was willing to promote public-private-partnership in healthcare in certain areas of the country. “We are willing to promote public-private-partnership in certain areas of the country, where there is an urgent need to have more medical institutions,” Ghulam Nabi Azad added. [Source: IANS]

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