The Fact News Service,
New Delhi, May 18,
The second wave of Corona has exposed the health structure of the country. The hands and feet of all governments have started to swell. Think, what will be the condition of our villages when the cities are gasping? The 15th Finance Commission report shows a dark picture of the country’s health sector. The National Health Policy of 2017 recommended that states should allocate at least eight percent of their budget for health by the year 2020.
But in the financial year 2018-19, the average expenditure of the states could reach only 5.18 percent. 66 percent has been recommended to spend on primary health, but only 53 percent is being spent. Ironically: not a single bed is available for every one thousand population in India. In the US and UK, this average is more than three beds. Health is a state subject. In 2017, the National Health Policy recommended that health spending be raised to 2.5 percent of GDP, but this could not be done.