Reaction on the Indian Budget 2017 by Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman (Aster DM Healthcare).
The budget has some positive elements with reductions of the income tax and measures to improve GDP growth. However the healthcare sector has not been given much focus to attain the goal of Right of Health for all citizens. The NRIs also don’t have much to cheer except the removal of prior sanction for FDIs The much awaited scheme of Health Insurance for the returning NRIs didn’t find place in the budget.
One of the major areas which will benefit the common man is the decision to make generic medicines more widely available. This will reduce cost of medicines significantly and help the poor people. The declaration to provide Rs 6000 to women after delivery if they get the child immunized is a very innovative step to help poor people and ensure immunization
The increase in post graduate seats by 5000 and two new AIIMS will increase the availability of trained specialist doctors.
More of Primary Care Centers in the rural area will help a lot in preventive medical areas. Aadhar-linked health cards with data on their health for senior citizens will ease the worries with easily accessible information in times of emergencies, especially for those senior citizens living alone.