Budget 2018: India is inching towards universal health coverage2 min read . Updated: 02 Feb 2018, 02:46 AM IST
Proposals of National Health Policy under Ayushman Bharat announced in Union Budget 2018 provide the thrust for India's journey towards universal health coverage
Ayushman Bharat is the attractive title under which two promises of National Health Policy of 2017 have been coupled to create a new initiative in the Union budget of 2018. National Health Policy had prioritized primary healthcare as the principal component of health system strengthening and proposed that 70% of the health expenditure would be directed there. It also stated that strategic purchasing pathway would be used to procure and pay for secondary and tertiary care services from public and private healthcare providers. These two proposals have now been branded together in this year’s budget, to provide the thrust engine for the nation’s journey towards universal health coverage.