India’s per capita expenditure on healthcare is meagre Rs 3,826

The health expenditure attributed to government hospitals and private hospitals is estimated to be Rs 64,685 crores (14.3%) and Rs 1,16,943 crores (25.9%) respectively

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New Delhi: As per National Health Accounts Estimates for India 2014-15, the total health expenditure per capita is estimated to be Rs 3,826. The current health expenditure attributed to government hospitals and private hospitals is estimated to be Rs 64,685 crores (14.3%) and Rs 1,16,943 crores (25.9%) respectively.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ms Anupriya Patel informed the parliament that the per capita expenditure on healthcare by Government (Centre and States) for 2017-18 (BE) at current prices is estimated to be Rs 1797. Public Health and Hospitals being a State subject, the primary responsibility for providing affordable health services lies with respective State/UT Governments.

Technical and financial support under the National Health Mission (NHM) is being provided to states/UTs for strengthening their health system for provision of universally accessible, affordable and quality healthcare. Support is also provided under RastriyaSwasthyaBimaYojana, (RSBY) to provide for inpatient care up to Rs 30,000 per annum per family to all BPL population and 11 other defined categories of unorganized workers.

The government of India is also implementing Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS) for Senior Citizens of age 60 years and above, with effect from 1st April 2016, as a top-up scheme of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY).

Under the RashtriyaArogyaNidhi (RAN), financial support is provided to patients living below poverty line and to those suffering from major life threatening diseases, to receive medical treatment at any of the super specialty Government Hospitals/Institutes.