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Our Commitment- Healthcare for ALL: Health Minister


Our Commitment- Healthcare for ALL: Health Minister

New Delhi: “The Government is committed to the attainment of highest possible levels of health and wellbeing for all its citizens and providing “Healthcare for All.” This was stated by Smt Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare at the 15th India Health Summit, an annual flagship event on healthcare, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today.

The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Indian Healthcare – Changing Paradigm.’ At the function, Smt Anupriya Patel also released a report, ‘Creating the New Ecosystems to Provide Healthcare.’

Smt Anupriya Patel further stated that one of the biggest policy initiatives was the release of National Health Policy, 2017 after a gap of fifteen long years which paves the way for Universal Health Coverage and reduction of out-of-pocket expenses. She said that the other policy achievements in the past four years include the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 and HIV/AIDS( Prevention and Control) Act 2017, MCI Ordinance.

Highlighting other achievements of the Ministry, Smt Anupriya Patel further said the Government’s new schemes and programs have contributed to changing the health scenario of the country. She added that Mission Indradhanush yielded very encouraging results which has made us set our target date of bringing 90% full immunization rate in the country to 2018, much before the target date of 2020.

Five new vaccines have been added to India’s Universal Immunization Program, bringing the total to twelve, she said. The Minister further informed that the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme is providing free dialysis services to the poor in the district hospitals in PPP mode and AMRIT Pharmacies provide drugs and implants for cancer patients and cardiovascular diseases at 60 to 90% discount than the prevailing market rates.

Speaking further on Ayushman Bharat, Smt Anupriya Patel said that it is a step towards fulfilling the vision of National Health Policy, 2017 and adopts a continuum of care approach through it two pillars. The 1stpillar being Health and Wellness Centre aimed at bringing healthcare to the homes of people and under it, 1.5 lakh subcentres and primary healthcare Centres across the country would be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres, she added.

Smt Anurpiya Patel further elaborated that the 2ndpillar is Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) that provides insurance cover of Rs 5 lakhs per annum for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to more than 10 crore poor and vulnerable families across the country. This is a holistic initiative in the public health sector aimed at fixing the current fragmented and inequitable healthcare system of providing the continuum of care covering primary, secondary and tertiary aspects of healthcare along with financial risk protection to the poor.

“Ayushman Bharat is being implemented at an unprecedented scale to build new India by 2022 and will bring a paradigm shift in India’s healthcare sector. This holistic and comprehensive approach towards healthcare will definitely achieve the goal of “Health for all’’, she mentioned.




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    Dr Rameshvardhan December 1, 2018, 7:03 pm

    A word about Health care insurance – yesterday I got a call from one gentle whom I treated almost 13 years ago . He was looking for help after sustaing dislocation of the shoulder joint day before yesterday. Be faraway I told him to get TREATED by some one. Today He called me back and told me the treatment He underwent , during the discussion , He told me the cost of the procedure was about Rs107000 ( 1 lakh 7 thousands) . I THINK He it ubnormal and unusual to charge that much money . It is almost 3 months of his salary . He was lucky to have an Health INSURANCE . The same thing would have costed him nothing or very minimal amount in any one of the GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS. Therefore I think it is Right to uniform pricing all over the country like – BUS FARE, PETROL PRICES , AIR FARE , Etc. Even if there is some differences , it should not be around 20 to 50 % . The corporate HOSPITALS need not eat away all the allotted money at once , living behind nothing for rest of the family for whole year . This way the individuals needed pay excess of premium in subsequent instalments. The insurance companies should not run away or get ruined by paying up EXSORBITANT bills. I have feeling there is perfect UNDERSTANDING between the insurance companies ( bosses ) and corporate heads in settling the bills. When it comes to SMALLER HOSPITALS or NURSING HOMES RUN BY DOCTORS , THE SAME INSURANCE COMPANIES CREATE HELL LOT OF PROBLEMS WHILE SETTLING THE BILLS ( THEY ALMOST CUT DOWN AMOUNT TO LESS THAN 50 % OF THE TOTAL BILL). I THINK IT IS NOT ONLY SERIOUS ISSUE AND SENSITIVE AND SENSIBLE MATTER TO BE LOOKED INTO BY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.