Rise in India’s health budget is “disappointing,” say experts

  title={Rise in India’s health budget is “disappointing,” say experts},
  author={Ganapati Mudur},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
  • G. Mudur
  • Published 4 March 2016
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • British Medical Journal
Health experts have described increases to India’s health budget as “disappointing” despite new money for improved access to low cost generic medicines and higher, publicly funded health insurance cover for poor people. In budget proposals announced on 29 February for the fiscal year starting 1 April 2016, the finance ministry allocated 370 billion rupees (£3.9bn; €5.0bn; $5.5bn) to healthcare services, a 19% increase on last year. The ministry announced health insurance cover of up to Rs130…