Agreeing that the Central government is lagging in its expenditure on health, Union health minister J P Nadda said in Lucknow on Sunday that while the government has the wherewithal to spend on health, there is still a gap between what needs to be spend and what is being spent currently.
“The capacity to give money is there, but the capacity to spend money has to be increased,” Nadda told TOI, while answering a question on the issue which had been raised by Union home minister Rajnath Singh in December 2018.
The country currently is spending 1.16% of GDP on healthcare, as against the required 2.5%, Singh had said. He also claimed that India was the lowest spender on health among all BRICS nations.
Nadda was speaking to TOI, on the sidelines of a medicos meet attended by doctors and organised by various medical organisations including the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Lucknow chapter, the Lucknow Nursing Homes Association, the Indian Dental Association (IDA), the National Integrated Medicines Association (NIMA) and the likes, in Lucknow on Sunday.
Earlier in December, during the foundation day of the King George’s Medical University, Rajnath had clearly said that the Indian government is not spending enough on the health sector.
Singh had then said, “Main jaanta hun ke government ko jitna spend karna chahiye GDP kahealth sector par, woh nahi ho pa raha hai (I am aware, that the percentage of GDP that the government should be spending on the health sector, is not being done).” – The Times of India