Maintaining the commitment of ‘health for all’, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has allocated the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare an increased budget for the financial year 2013-14 in the union budget 2013-14.
In his eighth union budget, Finance Minister P Chidambaram emphasised on increasing expenditure on healthcare and healthcare infrastructure to boost the industry and help it grow.
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National Health Mission, inclusive of national flagship programme by Government of India (National Rural Health Mission and National Urban Health Mission) have been allocated Rs. 21,229 crore in the 2013-2014 budget, which is 24% more than the allocation that was given to NRHM in the 2012-2013 Union budget.
A national programme for the elderly will be launched this year under which 8 geriatric centres will be operational. The programme has been allocated Rs. 150 crore. The department for alternative system of medicine, also referred to as AYUSH, has been allocated Rs. 1061 crore. Moreover, six AIIMS like medical institutions have been proposed and granted Rs. 1650 crore, which will be commissioned by 2014.
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