Narendra Modi-led government , health has become a visible part of the development discourse in the country and it does not just include the pandemic-induced emergencies. Much before the arrival of Covid-19, in the Modi government's first term, the healthcare sector allocation was increased by an average of over 20 per cent with every budget. This apportionment was much more than the preceding UPA 2 government led by Manmohan Singh, where the annual hike hovered around 12 per cent. The first full budget of the second Modi government gave a 23 per cent higher allocation for health than the 2018-19 budget – marking the continuation of the trend of increased allocations. Not only budget hikes but PM Modi and his government are also credited with the launch of Ayushman Bharat – the scheme which is touted as the world's largest health insurance scheme that covers the most vulnerable bottom population of India. Apart from bringing the focus on the concept of universal health coverage, the government launched the National Health Policy of 2017 and began discussing the need for investment in preventive and primary healthcare. In 2017, the government slashed the prices of coronary stents by as much as 85… Read full this story
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