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Decoding Union Budget 2024: Transformative Measures Unveiled for Healthcare Revitalisation

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

February 1, 2024

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Finance Minister Sitharaman unveils transformative measures for healthcare revitalisation, focusing on preventive healthcare, workforce expansion, and infrastructure development.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's presentation of the interim budget for 2024 has spotlighted a groundbreaking approach to fortify and revitalise India's healthcare sector. 

Against the backdrop of India's triumphant resilience in the face of the COVID-19 challenges, Sitharaman's budget unveils a strategic roadmap encompassing preventive healthcare initiatives and infrastructural development aimed at fostering a resilient and accessible healthcare ecosystem.

Vaccination Drive for Cervical Cancer Prevention: A Strategic Health Initiative

In a pivotal move towards preventive healthcare, the budget allocates resources to a targeted vaccination initiative against cervical cancer for girls aged 9-14 years. This focused approach aims to mitigate the prevalence of the disease by addressing a crucial demographic, underscoring the government's commitment to preemptive health measures.

Strengthening Healthcare Workforce and Infrastructure: A Vision for Tomorrow

Recognising the imperative for an expanded healthcare workforce, the budget introduces a proposal to establish additional medical colleges. Leveraging existing hospital infrastructure across various departments, a dedicated committee will be constituted to assess and recommend measures for this ambitious expansion. This move is anticipated to address the growing demand for skilled healthcare professionals, ensuring a robust healthcare workforce for the future.

In a bid to streamline maternal and child healthcare initiatives, the budget advocates for the consolidation of existing schemes under a singular comprehensive program. This strategic move aims to synergize efforts and improve the efficiency of implementation, providing a holistic approach to maternal and child well-being.

Holistic Maternal and Child Healthcare: Streamlining Initiatives for Comprehensive Impact

Focusing on early childhood care and nutrition delivery, the budget expedites upgrading Anganwadi centres under 'Saksham Anganwadi' and Poshan 2.0. This accelerated effort aligns with the broader goal of promoting holistic child development, addressing nutritional gaps, and enhancing the overall well-being of the nation's future.

Ayushman Bharat Scheme &  ‘U-Win' platform

Expanding the ambit of healthcare coverage, the Ayushman Bharat scheme is set to include all ASHA and Anganwadi workers and helpers. This expansion is poised to significantly enhance the accessibility of healthcare services, particularly for those at the grassroots level.

The budget also introduces the 'U-Win' platform, a sophisticated tool designed for efficient immunisation management. Simultaneously, Mission Indradhanush, aimed at intensifying immunisation efforts, is set to be rolled out expeditiously nationwide. These initiatives underscore the government's commitment to strengthening the immunisation drive and ensuring comprehensive coverage nationwide.

Building on previous healthcare announcements, Sitharaman reaffirms the establishment of nursing colleges co-located with recently established medical colleges. This strategic move is poised to bridge the gap in skilled healthcare professionals and enhance the overall quality of healthcare services.

In a visionary mission, the budget outlines a plan to eliminate sickle cell anaemia by 2047, involving the screening of seven crore people. This ambitious mission reflects the government's long-term commitment to eradicating genetic disorders and promoting the overall health and well-being of the population.

Advancement in Medical Research

Expanding avenues for medical research, the budget opens select ICMR Labs for research by faculty from public and private medical colleges, as well as the private sector. This collaborative approach is expected to drive advancements in medical science, fostering innovation and progress.

Financially, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare witnessed a significant boost, with an estimated expenditure of INR 89,155 Cr in FY2023-24, reflecting a 13% increase from the revised estimates of 2022-23. The proposed overall expenditure for 2023-24 stands at INR 45,03,097 Cr, signalling a 7.5% increase over the revised estimate of 2022-23.

In essence, Budget 2024 unfolds a comprehensive roadmap for the healthcare sector, addressing key challenges and fostering a resilient and accessible healthcare ecosystem. The transformative measures announced are poised to reshape the healthcare landscape, ensuring a healthier and more resilient India for the years to come.


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