Budget 2023: Health Sector

157 new nursing colleges will be established in colocation with the existing 157 medical colleges established since 2014.

The Indian Council For Medical Research Labs will be made available for research by public and private medical college faculty and private sector R&D teams for encouraging collaborative research and innovation.

FM Sitharaman in her Budget 2023-24 proposed to increase the allocation to Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) to Rs 7200 crore, and allocate Rs 646 crore to the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM).

B-PMJAY is a health insurance scheme for the poor, providing up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary healthcare hospitalisation. Eligible beneficiaries of implementing states and Union Territories are entitled to cashless services.

The ABDM is an open platform that will consist of the digital registries of health providers and health facilities, unique health identity, consent framework, and universal access to health facilities.

According to the Centre, ABDM aims to enable interoperability of data within the ecosystem to create electronic health records of all citizens.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced a mission to eliminate sickle cell anemia by 2047, which will include universal screening of seven crore persons between the ages of 0 and 40 years in affected tribal areas.

The mission will include awareness creation and counseling through collaborative efforts of central ministries and state governments.

The announcement comes as India is racing towards the elimination of infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis by 2025, kala azar by 2023, and lymphatic filariasis by 2027.

A new program to promote pharmaceutical innovation is to be announced.

Dedicated multi-disciplinary courses for medical devices and technology in existing colleges.


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