#India #Budget2013 and Health Sector


Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

* Budget Allocation of Rs.37, 300 crores to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  Of this, the new National Health Mission that combines the rural mission and the proposed urban mission will get Rs.21,239 crore, an increase of 24.3 percent over the RE.

* Allocation of Rs. 4,727 crores for medical education, training and research

* Allocation of Rs. 150 crores for the National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly. This programme is being implemented in 100 selected districts of 21 States.  Eight regional geriatric centers are being funded for the development of dedicated geriatric departments.

* Allocation of Rs. 1,069 crore to the Department of AYUSH for mainstreaming Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy through the National Health Mission

* Allocation of Rs.1,650 crore for he six AIIMS-like institutions being set up

ICDS

* Allocation of Rs. Rs.17,700 crore in 2013-14, compared to Rs.15,850 crore in 2012-13, which is an increase of around 11.7%

* A multi-sectoral programme for reducing maternal and child malnutrition that was announced last year will be implemented in 100 districts during 2013-14 and it will be scaled up to cover 200 districts the year after.  Allocation of Rs. 300 crore for the programme in 2013-14.

Health Insurance

The Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yojana covers 34 million families
below the poverty line.  It will now be
extended to other categories such as rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers,
sanitation workers, rag pickers and mine workers.

The Budget proposes a comprehensive and integrated social
security package for the unorganised sector that will benefit the poorest and
most vulnerable sections of society.  The
package should include life-cum-disability cover, health cover, maternity
assistance and pension benefits.  The
present schemes such as AABY, JSBY, RSBY, JSY and IGMSY are run by different
ministries and departments.  The Budget
proposes to facilitate convergence among the various stakeholder
ministries/departments so that we can evolve a comprehensive social security
package

Direct Taxes

Contributions made to the Central Government Health Scheme are
eligible for deduction under section 80D of the Income-tax Act.  The budget proposes to extend the same
benefit to similar schemes of the Central Government and State Governments.

Indirect Taxes

The budget proposes to provide for MRP based assessment in
respect of branded medicaments of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and
bio-chemic systems of medicine.  There
will be an abatement of 35 percent.

Source: http://indiabudget.nic.in/bspeecha.asp

 

 

Chhattisgarh to outsource diagnostic services in government hospitals #WTFnews #healthcare


Author(s): Kundan Pandey, down to earth
Date: Jan 18, 2013

Activists say these centres will end up serving outside patients at the cost of hospital patients

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to outsource diagnostic services at its public health facilities. It has issued a request for proposal (RFP) in this regard. According to the RFP, the government would outsource radiology and lab services in 379 facilities, including district hospitals, community health and primary health centres. The state is planning to enter into an agreement with private parties for 10 years with provision for annual renewal.

In the PPP project, the government will provide space and electric meter to the partner firm or individual who will be free to cater to “external customers”. The rates will be those approved for National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), the accredited centre in Delhi under the Central Government of Health Scheme (CGHS). Monitoring will be done by third party. After setting performance level mutually, the government will reward high performers with five per cent bonus; low performers will be penalised.

Activists are critical of the move. Sulakshana Nandi of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan in Chhattisgarh says the government has not done its homework properly before taking such a big decision. “Tamil Nadu offers an example in contrast where, without any outsourcing, even the public health centres have been able to provide well functioning diagnostic services. In states where outsourcing of diagnostic services has been tried out, it has been a failure. The recent Common Review Mission, which analyses working of the National Rural Health Mission, clearly states that Bihar model was a complete failure,” she says.

Referring to the RFP, she says that concession of serving external patients could disturb the entire mechanism and the patients for whom the system is meant will become secondary. Pointing to the monitoring aspect, she says there would always remain a doubt whether the private (third) party is doing fair monitoring.

 

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