The out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare is nearly 63 percent of the total healthcare expenditure in India
Mohammad Ahsan | January 29, 2018
In India public sector accounts for only 30 percent of the total healthcare expenditure and investment in building and maintaining public health infrastructure needs priority in the upcoming budget, according to a report by rating agency ICRA. With state investment on healthcare being estimated at less than 1.5 percent of the GDP, which is one of the lowest globally, it is a welcome sign when the government suggests that it will increase the expenditure to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025. After the increase in outlay on healthcare by 28 percent in the last budget, with a similar increase likely this year, it may be possible to reach this target. However, there are issues that need immediate attention from national budgets such as investment in maternal and new-born health in order to improve health indicators. Though the situation of maternal healthcare is improving in the country, it still remains grim in comparison to other countries.
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