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Govt to spend more on health in 12th five year plan: Montek

chandigarh Updated: Jul 07, 2012 18:52 IST
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The health sector will see the maximum growth in the expenditure in 12th five year plan, said deputy chairman of planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

He was in Chandigarh on Saturday to attend the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebration function at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

While talking about the economics of health sector he said, the health is a state responsibility and it is one thing that can't be left to the market. "Even 20-30 years later it can't be left to the market," he added.

He said that in the area of health the government is not doing what it should do.

"Substantial government funding is needed in the 12th Five Year Plan to serve the difficulties which are being faced, with only 4% of the total expenditure being done for this sector. Both the central and state governments need to spend much more on health and also expand on health education," said Ahluwalia.

"Many more medical institutes are the need of the hour as human resource in health care is the key issue," he added.

Ahluwalia emphasized on public and preventive health to reduce the burden of disease and said that taking care of
non-communicable diseases was the need of the hour.

He said that the more focus should be on preventive health care rather than curative.

He also said that 70% of the people in this country seek consultation from the private sector.