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Health min seeks over Rs 6 lakh cr under Finance Commission award from 21-22 to 25-26

NEW DELHI: The health ministry has revised its fund requirement to Rs 6.04 lakh crore from Rs 4.99 lakh crore for the period of the award of the 15th Finance Commission – from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
The 15th Finance Commission on Monday held a meeting with Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on the issue of revising the state-specific proposals of the ministry in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, exploring the possibility of back loading in the light of fiscal strain and suggestions of the high-level group on health under the Commission.
In a detailed presentation to the Commission, the health ministry highlighted the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 targets which include increase in public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP, in a progressive manner, by 2025. It also underlined primary health expenditure to be 2/3rd of the total health expenditure and increase in state sector health spending to more than 8% of their budget by 2020.
The ministry pointed out that the pandemic has established the importance of the need to strengRead More – Source