Healthcare in India needs federal institution on lines of GST: Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday admitted that healthcare is an area that eminently requires a federal institution on the the lines of GST.

Speaking at the 15th CII Health Summit here, Mr Jaitley said healthcare eminently needs the institution with the merger of existing state schemes and central resources.

“State and Central health schemes should be merged to provide adequate resources and revenue for welfare of Indian patients,” he said.

The Minister added that the focus has to be on welfare of people. States would be responsible for implementation with coordination from the Centre.

He said: “With Ayushman Bharat, hope is being provided to the underserved sections of our population. The challenge ahead is successful implementation. We are moving from an un-pensioned, un-insured economy to one where citizen welfare is a priority.” (AGENCIES)


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