Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) has termed the health budget highly disappointing, stating that their persistent demand to increase spending on health has not only been ignored but budgeting in many subheads had been reduced.
Dr Neeraj Nagpal, convenor, MLAG, said, "Our long-pending demand to increase spending on health has not only been ignored, the marginal increase if any on clubbing the budgeted funds in central and state pool would still barely cover the inflationary rise. We do not see any major change in this plan from what has been dished out in the past and hence are disappointed."
The statement added that while free drug service and free diagnostic services had been envisaged to achieve "Health for All", but no budgetary provision had been made for this.
MLAG has said the revised budget for 2013-14 had total budgeted expenditure of Rs 27,531 crore on health and family welfare whereas despite the four new AIIMS and 12 government medical colleges, total Rs 10,672 crore had been budgeted in central pool, which was about 38% of last year's allocation.