A reality check for healthcare
The highlight of the year was the NDA government releasing a draft National Health Policy
New Delhi: In the run-up to the elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promised better access to healthcare, free medicines and lower costs. But the reality is very different. Two significant developments in the past year—the slashing of the budget allocation for health and the government’s decision to promote and invest heavily in traditional medicine while cutting expenditure on critical health programmes—are a clear pointer to the government’s priorities.