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Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, Mr.Girish Arora and Dr Ajay Swaroop

Healthcare experts hail Union Budget

Doctors and industry leaders have lauded the Union Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament.

Mr.Girish Arora, Founder and MD, Alniche Life Sciences, said, “Healthcare sector has been a major focus of the government in recent years, with increasing allocations in the previous budgets. Budget 2023 will provide a roadmap for the government's plans to improve the overall healthcare system in India.”

“The rise in funding for research and development in the healthcare sector will help research on diseases, as well as for the development of new drugs and treatments. The focus on expanding healthcare services through the implementation of a universal healthcare coverage system will help provide access to affordable and quality healthcare services to all citizens, regardless of their socio-economic status,” he added

“This year’s budget will improve healthcare infrastructure, strengthen the public healthcare system, promote research and development, expand coverage of healthcare services, and promote the use of technology to improve the overall healthcare system in India. With these initiatives, the healthcare sector will see a positive impact, leading to a healthier and more productive population,” Mr Arora added.

Dr Ravi Wankhedkar , Past National President, IMA, said, “Setting up of 157 Nursing colleges is welcome step as there is a huge shortage of qualified nurses in our country, which is much more than doctors.  Promotion in research and manufacturing of medical devices in our country is a much needed welcome step.”

“Focus on Green Technologies in all sectors will help in reducing diseases due to environmental pollution.  Continuing the PM Garib Kalyan Scheme will help to enhance nutrition of poor people especially children and help in improving their immunity making them less susceptible to diseases,” Dr Wankhedkar added.  

Dr Ajay Swaroop , Chairman (Board of Management ), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said, “This year's budget is really good.  We are very pleased that this year allocation of funds for health care has been increased in this year's budget.  Setting up 157 nursing colleges will help in shortening the gap in students for nursing care. Elimination of sickle cell anemia is a welcome step.”

“It would have been nice if some incentive would have been given to charitable hospitals like us who have been doing real charity work for the last 5 decades. Also some focus on funding  and incentive for doing  telemedicine  and research in remote areas would have been a welcome step,” he added.

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