New Delhi: Union Health Minister J P Nadda said the government is committed to provide affordable and quality health care to the people of the country.
Chairing the 12th conference of the Central Council of Health and Family Welfare to discuss the draft National Health Policy (NHP), 2016, Nadda said government is committed to provide affordable and quality health care to the people of the country.
The National Health Policy which is being framed has laid due emphasis on increasing the budget outlay on health and maximum expenditure will be done in key areas including primary health sector, mainstreaming of AYUSH and health insurance services.
The Central Council of Health and Family Welfare which was formed to provide support and advice to the Health department on policy formulation also endorsed the draft NHP during the meeting.
“The purpose of the council meeting was to seek feedback and suggestions from the states, experts and civil society organisations on the draft NHP which has been placed in the public domain in 2015 and received close to 5000 suggestions, so as to improve its various dimensions in making it people-centric,” Nadda said.
Pointing out that in alignment with the vision of cooperative federalism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nadda said their (states) suggestions, which represent the diversity and uniqueness of different parts of the country, are valuable and will lend meaning to this important NHP being framed after 2002′.
Union Health secretary B P Sharma said the consultation with the states and other stakeholders will provide rich inputs on improving the contours of the NHP.
“Due emphasis has been placed on financing and increasing the budget outlay on health where 2/3rd of the outlay would be on the primary health sector, mainstreaming of AYUSH, reducing out-of-pocket expenditure…
“…health insurance services, free drugs and diagnostics, improving secondary and tertiary care along with human resources at various levels with appropriate skills, strengthening regulatory frameworks for food and drugs and providing patient-centric care at affordable rates,” Sharma said.