#MyVote2019 – ‘BJP Did Well in Healthcare’

Dr Virendra Verma, Senior Resident, Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University I have witnessed people with heart ailments begging for treatment in front of helpless doctors. There are countless requests for monetary help and discounts in medicines and other products that are used for implants, especially heart. When I judge a government’s performance, I weigh it on the steps taken in the direction toward a welfare healthcare system. In this regard, I hold Modi regime has performed well. The revision of stent prices was a revolutionary decision taken by the government. I have seen patients giving blessings to Modi. Earlier, stents were dubiously priced high and beyond the reach of the poor and lower middle class patients. Things drastically changed when the Centre standardized the stent prices. Even people from low income groups are able to opt for a stent placement. I would like to share the story of Shanti Singh, a patient from Varanasi who came to Lucknow for treatment. When she came here, the price of one stent was about Rs 1.5 lakh. After we gave her an estimate, she quietly went back home. However, after the prices were revised, Shanti came back to us and this time the entire cost of her treatment –which included installing two stents in her coronary arteries, medicines and hospital stay — totaled just Rs 70,000. Next, the Ayushmaan Bharat health scheme is a revolutionary step towards providing comprehensive healthcare services to this country’s citizens. A majority of the beneficiaries under this scheme are able to get themselves treated at private hospitals, which are bound to entertain them without any excuse. This takes the load off government hospitals to a great extent. And we can improve our performance. Private hospitals did have initial objections, but now they have no other choice. A friend of mine who runs a private hospital in the neighboring district was forced to allocate a sizeable number of beds for the beneficiaries of this scheme. He was rather perturbed by this but gradually he had to get accustomed to it. Also putting most of the life-saving drugs under direct price control and opening of Jan Aushadhi Kendras at government hospitals will surely be another feather on the cap for the BJP government. I will undoubtedly support a repeat term for the Narendra Modi government.  ]]>

Budget lays focus on rural India, healthcare

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— BJP (@BJP4India) February 1, 2018 “We are now a $ 2.5 trillion economy, and we are firmly on path to achieve 8 per cent plus growth soon,” Jaitley said while delivering his Union Budget 2018-19 speech here. “We hope to grow at 7.2 per cent to 7.5 per cent in the second half of 2017-18,” he added.
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“Rural infra, livelihood expenditure to be Rs 14.34 lakh cr in 2018-“9,” the Finance Minister said. “From ease of doing business, our govt has moved to ease of living for the poor and middle class,” he said. Jaitley said the government will set up a Rs 2,000 crore Agri-Market Development Fund. He said the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for notified kharif crops will be 1.5 times the input cost and stepped up the institutional credit for the sector to Rs 11 lakh crore. “We have a promise made in our party’s manifesto that farmers must get 1.5 times of the input cost. The government has been sensitive about it.
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“For majority of the notified rabi crops, MSP at 1.5 times over production cost has been decided. Now, the government has decided to make the MSP for all notified crops in the coming kharif season at least 1.5 times of input cost. It will help in doubling farmers’ income,” he said. In 2017, the MSP for paddy was pegged at Rs 1,550, for sorghum (jowar) at Rs 1,700 and for red gram (tur/arhar) at Rs 5,450. However, farmers complained that these were lower than the input cost. The Minister said higher income for farmers was not possible by just increasing the MSP. So there was a need for a mechanism to ensure that farmers get remunerative prices.
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“What is more important is that farmers are benefitted from the notified MSP. If the market prices are lower than MSP, the government must procure at the MSP or devise a new mechanism to ensure farmers get the MSP. NITI Ayog is in discussion with the Centre and states to form a concrete system to ensure remunerative prices,” he said. Planning to boost micro, small and medium entreprises (MSME), the government plans to augment lending capacity under it to Rs 3 lakh crore in 2018-19. He said two new planning and architecture schools to be set up in IITs. The government would use technology to improve education”from “blackboard to digital”‘oard”‘. It has allocated Rs 1.38 lakh crore in FY19 for government health and education programmes. (IANS)

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