National Health Policy assures to provide affordable and quality healthcare services to all
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 16-Mar-2017

New Delhi, March 16: In order to provide affordable healthcare services and dearness allowance (DA) government approved a National Healthy Policy on Wednesday which aims to benefit millions of people. It will also provide assured basic healthcare for everyone.Insights of the national health policy were announced today by Health Minister J P Nadda in the Parliament. They are as follows:

  • The new policy aims to provide assured health services to all and raise public spending on health to 2.5 per cent of the GDP in a time bound manner. 
  • It targets setting aside two-thirds resources for primary health sector and ensure the availability of two beds per 1,000 people in a manner as to save lives within the golden hour.
  • The policy sets health goals to be achieved until 2025, including improvement of life expectancy from 67.5 years now to 70 years and reducing total fertility rate to 2.1.
  • The policy seeks to reduce blindness incidence to 0.25 per 1,000 people by 2025.
  • The policy targets of eliminating leprosy by 2018, kala azar and lymphatic filariasis by 2017.

“Establishing a regular tracking of disability adjusted life years index as a measure of burden of disease and its trends by major categories is another goal, so it reduces in under-five mortality to 23 by 2025, maternal mortality to 11, neonatal mortality to 16 and still birth rates to single digit by 2025,” Nadda said in the Lok Sabha today.

The decision that will benefit millions of central government employees and pensioners was taken by Union Cabinet. The draft also addressed the issues of universal health coverage, reducing maternal and infant mortality rate, as well as making drugs and diagnostics available free at least in the public healthcare system of the country.

The new policy seeks to strengthen the primary healthcare setup while increasing the scope of public-private partnerships. The policy is expected to boost gas production and also generate economic activities which will lead to more employment opportunities. It will also help in India’s energy security efforts by attracting more explorers to CBM.

Food price inflation accelerated in February to 2.01% from 0.61% on the back of higher fruit and fuel prices. The last health policy dates back to 2002.In its last policy statement, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had said that excluding food and fuel, inflation has been unyielding at 4.9% since September.

The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) approved marketing and pricing freedom for Coal Bed Methane (CBM) contractors. Coal-mine methane is a form of natural gas extracted from coal beds. The government will also work to create quality laboratories where key tests can be performed.