Union Budget 2023 Healthcare Sector Priorities Investments and takeaway

Union Budget 2023 Healthcare Sector Priorities Investments and takeaway

Written by Watchdoq Newsportal. February 01, 2023

Today, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for 2023-2024.

- Increased allocation for healthcare: The Union Budget 2023 has allocated Rs 2.23 lakh crore for the health sector, a significant increase from the previous year.

- Focus on rural healthcare: The budget has emphasized the need for strengthening healthcare in rural areas, with the allocation of Rs 35,000 crore for the National Rural Health Mission.

- Selected ICMR labs will offer research opportunities to public and private medical faculties.
A mission to eradicate sickle cell anemia will be launched by 2047, which will involve creating awareness and universal screening of 7 crore people aged 0-40.
The government will support dedicated multidisciplinary courses in medical devices to provide skilled manpower for cutting-edge medical technology and high-end manufacturing and research.

- Launch of National Recruitment Agency: The National Recruitment Agency will be launched to streamline the recruitment process for central government jobs, including those in the healthcare sector.

- Emphasis on mental health: The budget has allocated Rs 100 crore for the National Mental Health Programme, highlighting the need for mental health support in the country.

-Three centers of excellence in artificial intelligence will be established to advance India's digital capabilities through "Make AI for India" and "Make AI work for India."

- Promotion of AYUSH and wellness: The budget has allocated Rs 3,400 crore for the promotion of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and wellness.

- Investment in medical education: The budget has proposed the creation of a new medical college in every district, and an allocation of Rs 3,000 crore for the National Medical Commission.

- Expansion of PM-JAY: The budget has announced the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) to cover more families and provide better healthcare facilities.

- A National Data Governance policy will be introduced to provide access to anonymized data.
157 new nursing colleges will be established in core locations.