#Budget2018 introduces World’s largest govt funded health care programme to cover over 10 crore poor families
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 01-Feb-2018

New Delhi, February 1: The latest 2018-19 budget will definitely bring relief to lower middle and poor class citizens. Vision of Budget 18-19 reflects the old proverb health is wealth. l launch a flagship National Health Protection Scheme to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

Even after 71 years of independence, the lower tier of society can’t afford the basic treatment cost. Lakhs of families in our country have to borrow or sell assets to receive indoor treatment in hospitals. Somehow, till now it has not concerned our leaders. In a change to this trend, Government has now decided to take health protection to more aspirational level. The new National Health Protection Scheme s will be the world’s largest government funded health care programme. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has ensured adequate funds for smooth implementation of the scheme.

The National Health Policy, 2017 which has envisioned Health and Wellness Centres as the foundation of India’s health system, has been allocated 1200 crore INR . These 1.5 lakh centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of people.

To provide quality medical education in health care, government will set up 24 new govt. Medical Colleges by upgrading existing District Hospitals. This will ensure at least 1 medical college per every 3 constituency & one medical college in each state in country.

TB claims more lives every year than any other infectious disease.It affects mainly poor and malnourished people. Government has, therefore, decided to allocate additional `600 crore to provide nutritional support to all TB patients at the rate of `500 per month for the duration of their treatment.

Finance Minister emphasised though slowly but surely and steafily government is progressing towards the goal of universal health coverage.