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( 16 Apr 2018)
PM to increase healthcare share to 2.5% of GDP: Min

Union minister Rajnath Singh has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set an aim to increase the share of healthcare sector in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.5 per cent.

The home minister also asserted that the government considered the private sector as a strategic partner in its endeavour to achieve universal healthcare and health cover to all citizens.

Commenting on the issue, Union minister Rajnath Singh told the media, "In a country of 125 crore people it is not an easy job to provide healthcare to all. There are various challenges which we have to meet...When it comes to government's expenditure, our healthcare sector accounts for 1.16 per cent of the GDP.”

"But, I want to assure you, and our prime minister also talks about it. And, the PM has aimed that the GDP share of the healthcare sector should be increased to 2.5 per cent, and for that expenditure can be made," Singh said.