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Jaitley Needs GST Council Like Federal Healthcare Institution, Says Schemes Face Resistance From States

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| November 29 , 2018 , 17:05 IST

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday proposed a federal institution like GST Council in the healthcare and farm sector during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) health summit on Thursday.

Jaitley pointed out that healthcare schemes in India face a resistance from states due to political reasons, therefore, the welfare schemes should be implemented through the states, with Centre only coordinating it.

Jaitley said, “Healthcare in India needs a federal institution along the lines of the GST. State and Central Health Schemes should be merged to provide adequate resources and revenue for the welfare of patients.”

He further added, “The federal institution experiment of the GST having succeeded ....there are two other sectors which eminently require federal institutions of this kind."

He said, “States and Centre both spend on healthcare and have their respective schemes. The Centre is also establishing institutes of eminence across the country.

The Centre implemented Ayushman Bharat and states also have similar schemes. Several states have adopted the Ayushman Bharat scheme in parallel to their already existing schemes."

He further added that there are ample funds for the healthcare schemes and these resources from centre and states may be merged and so that the benefit of these merged resources starts to benefit a patient population of the country.

Recollecting the conception of healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat, Jaitley said when the scheme was being conceptualised, there were discussions on whether it will succeed, how will private sector hospital treat patients, how will the queues and footfalls at hospitals be handled.

“With Ayushman Bharat, hope is being provided to the underserved sections of our population. The challenge ahead is a successful implementation. We are moving from an un-pensioned, un-insured economy to one where citizen welfare is a priority,” Jaitley said.

As many as 3 lakh poor people have benefited from Ayushman Bharat health scheme in the last one-and-a-half months.

Jaitley said, "I foresee in next 3-4 years, this figure exponentially increasing as the campaign would be picking up so that the awareness that such a facility is available and this would lead to a far greater realisation and patients going to these institutions and institutions also improving in terms of expertise."