AIIMS-like medical super-speciality hospitals will be set up in six states in about two-and-a-half years, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
The project to set up the institutes will incur a cost of Rs 332 crore approximately, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said in reply to questions.
These states were chosen as they are under-served in terms of medical infrastructure, have high incidence of mortality and morbidity and inadequate facilities for super-speciality services, he said.
Making it clear that funds would be no constraint to implement the project, Ramadoss said a sum of Rs 17.07 crore had been spent so far in respect of various start up activities relating to setting up of the six AIIMS-like institutions.
For the current year, there is a provision of Rs 75 crore for preliminary activities under the scheme being implemented under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
Government has also decided to upgrade 13 existing government medical colleges in various states, including those in Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Gujarat.
Upgradation of government medical institutes envisages an outlay of Rs 120 crore per institution, of which Rs 100 crore would be borne by the central government and the remaining Rs 20 crore by the respective state government/institution, the minister said.