Updated on 1 March 2013
We support the allocation of $30 million (Rs 150 crore) for the National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly as this move addresses the growing elderly population of the country. $945.4 million (Rs 4727 crores) has been allocated towards medical research and education that will further promote innovation in healthcare and ensure there is a continuous stream of medical professionals coming in to strengthen the healthcare fraternity. RSBY coverage has been increased to cover larger cross sections of the population which is a welcome move. The move to provide a tax benefit for contributions made to central and state government health scheme is highly welcome.
Reforms in the life time health insurance coverage under CGHS for the voluntary organ donors and for the elderly were expected. This would have ensured India met the required target of the 2,00,000 organ transplants needed. But this was not considered. The industry had been looking forward to respites in duties for life saving medical equipment which would have resulted in increased access to healthcare, but this was not considered.