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Health commission wants 10% more allocation for drugs and diagnostics

Stating that more needed to be done to ensure that the state's healthcare parameters improve in accordance with the per capita spending on health, the Health Commission, formed by the government last year, has emphasised the need to allocate 10% more funds for drugs and diagnostics of patients across the state. Interestingly, Himachal has the highest per-capita spending on health in the country.

punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2015 22:29 IST
Gaurav Bisht

Stating that more needed to be done to ensure that the state's healthcare parameters improve in accordance with the per capita spending on health, the Health Commission, formed by the government last year, has emphasised the need to allocate 10% more funds for drugs and diagnostics of patients across the state. Interestingly, Himachal has the highest per-capita spending on health in the country.

The commission had been set up to recommend a road map and develop a system and action plan in the field of health. Members of the commission had deliberated on financial spending on medical services being provided to people in the hills in New Delhi.

Experts from the Public Foundation of India also participated in the deliberations.

"Himachal has the highest per capital spending on health care in the country additional chief secretary, health, Vineet Chaudhary told Hindustan Times. He added, "The commission was of the opinion that we should increase the spending on the drug and diagnostics by at least by 10%."

The commission members will shortly meet at Dr Rajindera Prasad Medical College and will present the first draft of its report on the health services in Himachal Pradesh.

Experts have been of the opinion that in spite of the highest per capita spending, Himachal Pradesh still lagged behind in health parameters in comparison to Kerala, which is next to Himachal in health spending.

The commission is headed by former secretary, department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan. Its other members are All-India Institute of Medical Sciences professor and head of pediatrics department Dr Vinod Paul; PGIMER Chandigarh former director Dr SK Sharma; AIIMS professor-cum-head of pulmonary medicine Dr Randeep Guleria; PGI Chandigarh head, school of public health professor Rajesh Kumar; Fortis Mohali cardio- thoracic surgeon Dr TS Mahant; PGI Chandigarh former head of department orthopedics Dr Raj Bhadur and former planning adviser to the state DK Sharma. A member of the Central Board of the Reserve bank of India Nachiket Mor is also a member.

In one of its earlier recommendations, the commission had emphasised the setting up an inter-state council for collaboration between the two government-run medical colleges, the Indira Gandi Medical College, Shimla, and Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical Collee, Kangra.

Currently, the institutes have separate cadre for doctors and paramedics and there is no coordination.

The commissioner has also stated as its target to bring down the infant mortality rate from 30 % to 15%.

"Himachal figures amongst top three states in maternal health. However, we are concerned over the health of tribals and people in remote areas of the state," the commission has said.


First draft soon

The commission members will shortly meet at Dr Rajindera Prasad Medical College and will present the first draft of its report on the health services in Himachal Pradesh.