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States need to increase their health budget by 10% every year to reach the goal of 2.5% of GDP by 2025: Health Minister

The states need to increase their health budget by 10% every year to reach public investment in health to 2.5% of GDP by 2025, as envisioned in the National Health Policy, 2017, union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said in Lok Sabha on March 17, 2023.

In response to a question from Mathura MP Hema Malini, the Union Health Minister stated that between 2014 and 2018, although total health expenditure increased by an average of 5.5% per year, government health expenditure increased by an average of 14.9% per year.

The Minister further informed the parliament that during the same period, the share of government health expenditure rose from 29% in 2014-15 to 40.6% in 2018-19 of the total health expenditure.

In 2018-19, the government health expenditure stood at 4.81% of the General government expenditure compared to 3.94% in 2014-15, the minister said.

Pointing out that the budgetary allocation under the health has increased significantly the minister informed the members that the budget allocation for the Department of Health & Family Welfare (DoHFW) was Rs. 47,353 Crores in 2017-18 (BE), which has reached Rs. 86,175 crores in 2023-24 budget Estimates, the resulting increase of 82% during the same period.

It is worth noting here, that according to World Bank data in 2019, the average health expenditure as a percentage of GDP in the Low Middle Income Countries, which India belongs to, was 6.5%, whereas the figure for India was 3%.

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