Thursday, April 12, 2012

Government increases spending on healthcare


The Planning Commission in their document- “Faster, Sustainable and More Inclusive Growth: An Approach to the 12th Five Year Plan”, aims at raising the total public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by the end of the Twelfth Plan.

According to World Health Statistics 2011 published by World Health Organization (WHO), the total expenditure on health as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2008, for India is 4.2% as compared to expenditure on health in respect of some select developing countries, e.g. China 4.3%, Bangladesh 3.3%, Indonesia 2.3%, Malaysia 4.3%, Pakistan 2.6% , Sri Lanka 4.1% and Thailand 4.1%.

The above information was given by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha on 27th March.

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