Just 0.5 per cent hike for health

The department has received Rs 1,086.76 crore, a meagre 0.5 per cent (Rs 230 cr) hike over last year’s allocation. The health allocation constitutes just 3.51 per cent of the total budget.

The chief minister announced Rs 40 crore for the Vajpayee Arogya Shri Yojana, earlier known as Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Scheme. The yojana ensures treatment in super-specialty area to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

In rural areas, a fully-equipped primary health centre will be set up for a population of 25,000. Additional staff will also be appointed to provide free maternity services. In addition to this, 5,021 para-medical staff will be recruited at different levels, this year, to ensure the required manpower for government health care institutions.

The government will also upgrade 142 taluk hospitals into First Referral Units to provide quality medical care from specialists. An amount of Rs 100 cr has been earmarked for construction and upgrading of health care institutions including taluk hospitals. To ensure safe delivery and prevent infant mortality, free maternity services will be provided to rural women at primary health centres. Also, women going for maternity care in private hospitals will be given Rs 1,000.

Meanwhile, for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, which provides health insurance up to Rs 30,000 to BPL families, will get an additional Rs 15 crore over the last year’s allocation of Rs 12.04 crore. This scheme will also be extended to other districts.

Ayush at Bangalore
The government will provide Rs five crore to upgrade Government Ayurveda hospitals in Bangalore, Mysore and Bellary. This will ensure high quality Ayurvedic treatment.
The State will also provide necessary support to the Central government, which has reserved Rs 10 crore to set up AIIMS-type institution for Ayush at Bangalore with private participation. This will be the first initiative of its kind in the country.
DH News Service

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Rs 10 crore
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* Rs five crore to upgrade Government Ayurveda hospitals in Mysore, Bangalore and Bellary
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