Govt to boost public health spending to 2.5% of GDP

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The demand for healthcare services in India is expected to grow exponentially and therefore the government plans to double the health spending by increasing it to 2.5 per cent of the GDP. Currently, India spends 1.15 per cent of the GDP on health. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government will increase its public health spending to 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025 from 1.15% at present. The PM said that women, children and youth will continue to remain at the heart of every health programme. 

 

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