Rs 69,000 crore provided for healthcare in Budget 2020-21

New Delhi, February 1, 2020

Union Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman today announced a provision of Rs 69,000 crore for healthcare in Union Budget 2020-21, including Rs 6,400 crores for the Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).

“At present, there are more than 20,000 empanelled hospitals under PMJAY. We need more in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities for poorer people under this scheme. It is proposed to set up a Viability Gap funding window for setting up hospitals in the PPP mode,” she said presenting the Budget in Parliament.

“In the first phase, those Aspirational Districts will be covered, where presently there are no Ayushman empanelled hospitals. This would also provide large scale employment opportunities for youth. Proceeds from taxes on medical devices would be used to support this vital health infrastructure,” she added.

"The health authorities and the medical fraternity could target diseases with an appropriately designed preventive regime using machine learning and AI, in the Ayushman Bharat scheme, “TB Harega Desh Jeetega" campaign has been launched. I propose to strengthen these efforts towards our commitment to end Tuberculosis by 2025,” she said.

The Minister also proposed to expand Jan Aushadhi Kendra Scheme to all districts offering 2000 medicines and 300 surgicals by 2024.

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