Union Budget 2021- Reforms and Announcements for Healthcare Sector
In these trying times, effective rollout of COVID-19 vaccination and a strong healthcare sector are both the need of the hour. And the Budget 2021 has ensured that the sector gets its much-needed boost.
The Finance Minister announced 35,000 crore rupees for COVID vaccination, and, for the health sector, a budget outlay of Rs 2,23,846 crore, which is up 137 per cent compared to Rs 94,452 crore in previous years.
Additionally, PM AatmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, will be launched with an outlay of about INR 64,180 crores over 6 years to develop Health Systems, strengthen existing national institutions, and create new institutions, to cater to detection and cure of new and emerging diseases. This will be in addition to the National Health Mission and the main interventions under the scheme are:
In addition to this scheme, Mission Poshan 2.0 will be launched to strengthen nutritional content, delivery, outreach, and outcome. There is also an increased focus on clean water, sanitation and clean environment to achieve universal health.
Budget has also been allocated to the Urban Swachch Bharat Mission 2.0 as well as to tackle air pollution. Apart from these, a voluntary vehicle scrapping policy is being announced to help phase out old and unfit vehicles and encourage fuel-efficient, environment-friendly vehicles.
The Finance Minister also added that the need of the hour is to strengthen the provisioning of healthcare sector through public-private partnerships.