With FM Nirmala Sitharam unveiling the annual budget on February, 1, the government focuses on the healthcare sector in the wake of the pandemic. The focus of the entire world has been majorly centered on the healthcare industry. Keeping with the trend, the post-COVID budget provides a major boost to healthcare and infrastructure.
In healthcare spending, Sitharaman announced a total spend of around Rs 2.23 Lakh crore on healthcare, which is a 137% increase from last year under the Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana. The government also proposes a budget of Rs 35,000 crore on COVID 19 vaccine development and inoculation. This will ensure uninterrupted healthcare services for more people.
Along with the National Health Mission, the investment of Rs 64,180 crores over the next 6 years are expected to improve primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare. The government has also proposed the establishment of critical care units and hospital blocks that will act as a catalyst in the country`s domestic market growth and place India as a key player in the global markets.