Health sector allocation of 2 percent of GDP planned

May 8th, 2011 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS  

Pune, May 7 (IANS) The government aims to increase investments in the health sector to 2-3 percent of the total GDP, union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Saturday.

“We are now aspiring to taking the total allocation for the health sector to 2-3 percent of our GDP in the 12th (Five Year) Plan period,” Azad said, addressing a seminar here.

The minister said the government has invested over Rs.45,000 crore in the last five years in the health sector.

“The health care sector is now a happening sector in our country. It is witnessing unprecedented growth. Thanks to the impetus provided by the National Rural Health Mission, the government over the last five years has invested nearly Rs.45,000 crore to improve the health care infrastructure right from sub-centre to district hospitals,” he said.

According to the mid-term appraisal report of the 12th Five Year Plan, public expenditure on health sector was 1.09 percent of the GDP, combining the allocations by the central and state governments.

The minister added that the government was “willing” to promote public-private-partnership in health care in “certain areas of the country”.

“We are willing to promote public-private-partnership in certain areas of the country, where there is an urgent need to have more medical institutions,” Azad added.

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