When this citizen journalist asked Dr. Narendra Saini, Secretary General at Indian Medical Association about the performance of India in health-care sector, he said, “The health care sector needs more funds.” He also pointed out to the recent health budget and said that only 0.9 percent of GDP is provided to the health sector, whereas the need is somewhere around 3 percent of the GDP, which is 300 percent more than what the government has issued now.
Dr. Saini also said that the national health policies provided by the government only fulfill 25-30 percent of the requirement of an individual and the remaining 70-75 percent is the pocket expense of the patient. “Right to health is to be provided to every individual, and the health industry should be given an infrastructure status, which is the only way out for its improvement,” Dr. Saini said, adding, “IMA is striving for affordable, accessible, timely and quality health care for all and to achieve this public-private partnership in health-care sector is needed.”
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