By 2025, government health expenditure will be a major thrust area – Brajesh Pathak

Lucknow: Earlier in the state, where every major disease was treated only in the capital or other big cities, now many major operations and treatments are possible in the district or circle. Ayushman Yojana has contributed a lot in this. We have made progress but there is more work to be done. This is what was said by the  state’s Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Brajesh Pathak. The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing a workshop. This workshop was organized with the aim of increasing the participation of the private sector for excellence in healthcare in the state. He said that we are committed to treat every resident of the state according to his illness and invest in it. To set our health system as an example, we have to set a target of providing middle and third level services in both rural and urban areas.

He said that today it is a good coincidence that health department and many big groups of private sector are present here. I hope that after today’s brainstorming, the role of the private sector will be easy and effective. He said that a medical college is being established in every district of the state. There are immense possibilities for investors in medical, nursing and paramedical colleges here. Along with this, there is a huge potential for investment in drug production, diagnosis, dialysis and construction of hospitals etc. Along with this, there is a plan to open State Community Health Centers through hospitals and private institutions in many cities on PPP model.

He said that the National Health Policy-2017 also recognizes healthcare as a human right. It aims to increase universal health coverage. For this, by the year 2025, 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product will have to be earmarked for government health expenditure. For this, such a strategy will have to be made so that cheap and sustainable health services can be purchased from private providers. Especially where non-public health institutions are available. Minister of State for Health Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh said that medicine and health is an important subject. It is directly related to the quality of life. In this sequence, the large population of the state gives rise to the need for extensive investment in the medical field. In this context, today’s workshop is very important.

On this occasion, Partha Sarathi Sen Sharma, Principal Secretary, Medical and Family Welfare said that there were two main objectives behind launching the Ayushman Bharat scheme in the year 2018. First, to convert 1.5 lakh health sub-centres and primary health care centers into health and wellness centers to provide comprehensive primary health care. Second government funded health insurance scheme. He informed that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) provides financial risk protection for hospitalization, secondary and tertiary care to about 10.07 crore poor and vulnerable families in the country. PM-JAY has a provision of annual assistance of up to five lakh rupees for the treatment of 25 critical problems in general medicine, general surgery, orthopedic, cancer, kidney, lung, urology, eye, liver, neurology etc. Any Ayushman card holder can approach any public or empaneled private hospital to avail mother or child care service.

He said that health indicators of reproductive, maternal and child health have improved significantly in UP, however new forms of communicable diseases, persistently high malnutrition levels and burden of morbidity and mortality from road accidents and non-communicable diseases are on the rise.  He informed that about 35 percent (about 7.66 crore) population is being covered in the state under PM-JAY and State Insurance Scheme. In the end, everyone including the Deputy Chief Minister appealed to the private organizations to participate in the Invest UP Conference-2022 to be held on February 10-12. Officials from the Department of Medical Health and Family, Saachis, NetHealth, Federation of Healthcare Providers, Access Health International, private sector healthcare providers, industry bodies, associations and ecosystem were present on the occasion.

Will have to form partnership with private sector: Sachis

On this occasion, the CEO of Sachis highlighted the objective of the workshop before the event. Along with this, he made a detailed presentation through PPT on the activities and achievements of PM-JAY in the state. He told that it is our priority to increase private sector participation in investment and strengthen service provision. Also, a practical road map has to be prepared in partnership with private sector healthcare providers, industry, bodies and associations. He informed that Rs 1614 crore has been paid under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and Chief Minister Jan Arogya Yojana. He pointed out that the government recognizes the role of the private sector in creating excellence in healthcare and realizing the goals of universal health coverage for the state. In this sequence, SACHIS has implemented PM-JAY for comprehensive and integrated health services. He said that quality health services have to be ensured for PM-JAY beneficiaries and others equally. This requires strengthening the public health infrastructure and building partnerships with the private sector.

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