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New Delhi : “ The Government is committed to the attainment of highest possible levels of health and well being for all its citizens and providing “Healthcare for All,” stated Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare at the 15th India Health Summit, an annual flagship event on healthcare, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here on November 29, 2018. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Indian Healthcare – Changing Paradigm.’ She also released a report ‘Creating the New Ecosystems to Provide Healthcare’ on the occasion

Minister Patel said that one of the biggest policy initiatives was the release of National Health Policy, 2017, after a gap of fifteen long years which paves the way for Universal Health Coverage and reduction of out-of-pocket expenses. She said that the other policy achievements in the past four years include the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, and HIV/AIDS( Prevention and Control) Act 2017, MCI Ordinance.

Highlighting other achievements of the Ministry, the Minister said the Government’s new schemes and programmes have contributed to changing the health scenario of the country. She added that Mission Indradhanush yielded very encouraging results which has made us set our target date of bringing 90% full immunisation rate in the country to 2018, much before the target date of 2020. Five new vaccines have been added to India’s Universal Immunisation Programme bringing the total to twelve, she said.

She informed that the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme is providing free dialysis services to the poor in the district hospitals in PPP mode and AMRIT Pharmacies provide drugs and implants for cancer patients and cardiovascular diseases at 60 to 90% discount than the prevailing market rates.

Speaking on Ayushman Bharat, Patel said that it is a step towards fulfilling the vision of National Health Policy, 2017 and adopts a continuum of care approach through it two pillars – the 1stpillar being Health and Wellness Centre aimed at bringing healthcare to the homes of people under it 1.5 lakh sub-centres and primary healthcare centres would be transformed into Health and Wellness Centres, and  the 2ndpillar is Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) that provides insurance cover of Rs 5 lakhs per annum for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation to more than 10 crore poor and vulnerable families across the country, according to a PIB release.

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