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Union Budget Allocates Rs 52,800 Cr To Health, Family Welfare

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The government, in the Union Budget 2018-19, has allocated Rs 52,800 crore to health and family welfare — an 11.5 per cent rise over the Rs 47,353 crore allocated last fiscal.

According to the Budget outlay, the government made a 13 per cent increase in the funding to AYUSH ministry from Rs 1,429 crore to Rs 1,626 crore.

The National Health Policy 2017 had indicated that health expenditure would increase to 2.5% of GDP.

The Union Cabinet in December 2017 had approved the National AYUSH Mission, which aims to bridge gaps in health services by supporting the efforts of state and union territory governments for providing AYUSH health services and education in the country, particularly in far-flung areas.

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) also see a rise in allocations with the former getting Rs 2,100 crore for NRHM, a 5 per cent increase from Rs 2,000 crore allocated during 2017-18, while the latter received Rs 875 crore, a 16.35 per cent increase from Rs 752 crore in fiscal 2017-18.

Human resource for health and medical education has received Rs 4,225 crore in comparison to Rs 4,025 crore in the last budget, marking a 5 per cent increase.

The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna have been allocated Rs 2,000 crore for 2018-19, a 100 per cent increase than Rs 1,000 crore allocated last fiscal.

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