“The enhanced allocation, along with the plan to look at healthcare holistically – including nutrition, sanitation, clean drinking water and pollution control, certainly augur well for the country. The allocation towards Covid vaccination also is a very welcome step,” Dilip Jose, managing director, Manipal Hospitals said.
He also said the augmented government spend planned for capital expenditure by over 35% would aid job creation and growth in incomes, which would enable people to spend on healthcare when required.
Dr Azad Moopen, founder chairman of
said the highlight of budget allocation for health is the shift in focus to prioritise preventive care and well-being, over sick-care. “Priority has also been given to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and increase access to healthcare facilities, especially in rural areas which is the need of the hour. The pandemic puts severe stress on the available healthcare systems and this move can go a long way in addressing the basic needs,” Moopen said.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget presentation on Monday, provided Rs 35,000 crore for Covid-19 vaccine in the year 2021-22. “The budget outlay for health and well-being is Rs 2.23 crore in 2021-22 as against BE of Rs 94,452 crore and marks an increase of 137%,” she said.