Healthcare in India

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Various factors like low levels of education, lack of environmental sanitation and safe drinking water, under-nutrition, poor housing  conditions, tobacco consumption, poverty, unemployment, unhealthy lifestyle  etc. impact health.

The delivery of health care largely rests with the States, Health being a state subject. The allocation of funds to health sector inter-alia is dependent on the overall resource availability of the Government, competing sectoral priorities, as also the absorptive capacity of the system.

As per Economic Survey 2015-16, the expenditure by Government (Central and State Governments combined) on health as percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2015-16 (BE) was 1.3 per cent.

As per 12th Five Year Plan document, total public funding by the Centre and States, plan and non-plan, on core health is envisaged to increase to 1.87 per cent of GDP by the end of the Twelfth Plan.  The Draft National Health Policy 2015 envisages raising public health expenditure progressively to 2.5% of the GDP.

The allocation to States/UTs under National Health Mission by Centre Government for last three years is as under :

(i)                 2013-14  –  Rs. 19,989.01 Crore

(ii)               2014-15  –  Rs. 19,132.72 Crore

(iii)             2015-16  –  Rs. 16,213.09 Crore

To improve access to healthcare in tribal and hilly regions, the Government under National Health Mission has taken several steps which inter-alia include:

  • All the North Eastern States which have a high tribal population and other hilly states get funds under NHM from Government of India in the proportion of 90 (GoI Share):10 (State Share) as against share of funding in the ratio of 75:25 between Government of India and non-North Eastern States and non-hilly States.
  • Relaxed norms for setting up of health facilities.
  • Strengthening of Sub- Centre.
  • Relaxed Norms for treatment of Specific Diseases
  • Incentives are provided to health personnel serving in remote, underserved and tribal areas.
  • Relaxing the norm of one ASHA per 1000 population to one ASHA per habitation in Tribal/hilly and difficult areas
  • Relaxation of norms for setting up of sub-centres in difficult hilly areas by introducing a new norm of “Time to care”. Under this norms, a sub centre can be set up within 30 minutes of walk from habitation.

A statement showing allocation for health by the States/UTs for 2015-16(BE) ranked in descending order is given below:

Statement showing allocation of fund for Health by States/                          UTs for  2015-16(BE)


 Estimated Public Expenditure in Health by States & Union Territories  (Rs. in Crore)
Sl.No. States/UTs 2015-16 (BE)
1 Uttar Pradesh 16097.66
2 Rajasthan 12032.98
3 Maharashtra 10090.42
4 Tamil Nadu 8162.75
5 Gujarat 7844.59
6 West Bengal 6346.35
7 Karnataka 6321.36
8 Madhya Pradesh 6091.40
9 Andhra Pradesh 6021.67
10 Kerala 5642.84
11 Telangana* 5197.73
12 Bihar 5059.23
13 Delhi 4638.37
14 Odisha 3896.60
15 Assam 3551.37
16 Chhattisgarh 3281.74
17 Haryana 3252.06
18 Punjab 3214.02
19 Jharkhand 2941.24
20 Jammu & Kashmir 2680.28
21 Uttarakhand 1782.14
22 Himachal Pradesh 1776.30
23 Tripura 802.97
24 Goa 739.63
25 Arunachal Pradesh 656.54
26 Meghalaya 632.83
27 Puducherry 574.07
28 Nagaland 515.39
29 Manipur 486.93
30 Mizoram 486.91
31 Sikkim 342.96
1 Chandigarh 387.08
2 Andaman & Nicobar Island 262.31
3 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 94.09
4 Daman & Diu 64.57
5 Lakshadweep 59.72
Total 132029.10


* Does not include Medical reimbursements.

Public health is a state subject. Under the National Health Mission, support is being provided to States/UTs to strengthen their healthcare systems to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care to all the citizens. Moving towards Universal Health Coverage wherein people are able to use quality health services that they need without suffering financial hardship is a key goal of 12th Plan.

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