New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said the government is committed to making healthcare services more affordable with a sharp focus on enabling citizens to access medical care through various policy interventions.
He said India is on the cusp of transitioning from an older population to a younger one as the countrys than 50 per cent of population is below the age of 25 and more than 65 per cent below 35 years.
Under this, 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will bring healthcare system closer to the homes of people, the minister said.
“These centres will provide comprehensive primary healthcare, including that for non-communicable diseases and maternal, and child health services,” Choubey said, adding the second flagship programme under Ayushman Bharat isï¿½National Health Protection Scheme, which will provide cover of up to 5 lakh rupees annually to each of over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families for secondary and tertiary care.
“This will be the worlds largest government-funded healthcare programme. Adequate funds will be provided for smooth implementation of this programme,” he said.