In Union Budget 2017, government has focussed on the Healthcare sector with allocating adequate amount of funds for the mother & child care.
Please find attached and appended the press statement on behalf of Dr. Manoj Luthra, CEO, Jaypee Hospital, Noida on Government of India’s Union Budget 2017-18.
“Welcoming the Budget 2017- 18, Dr. Manoj Luthra, CEO, Jaypee Hospital said, “In this year’s budget the government has put in lot of thrust on the maternal & child care. With the sharp increase in allocation of funds for nationwide scheme, The Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) for pregnant women and lactating mothers in budget, reduction in infant mortality and maternal mortality rate can be achieved as this would encourage more rural women to visit hospitals during their pregnancy and deliveries. The government has also risen the funding for nutrition program for children thereby putting lot of impetus on the preventive care segment. If looked from the critical care perspective, reduction in the cost of life saving drugs and devices has been done, this would largely benefit the underprivileged section of the society as cost of treatment would be reduced at tertiary healthcare facilities and so even they can avail the world class health services at reduced cost. Considering the academic & research front in the healthcare sector, the budget didn’t really offer much in that segment. Along with the increase in the number of post graduate seats in medicine, more schemes and funds for the research and development should have been introduced.”
“The budget definitely is positive catering to the preventive care aspect of the healthcare segment but funds allocation for critical care management and academic & research ideally should have been more to cater to the larger segment of the society,” Dr. Manoj Luthra added.