Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Partner, Government and Public Sector, EY India said, "National Health Policy 2017 aims to increase public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by FY25 from ~1.6% of GDP in FY 20. The announcement to increase public health expenditure is a welcome move and would help strengthening comprehensive primary healthcare in particular. Further, India has a unique challenge of dealing with dual disease burdens of communicable (27.5%) and non-communicable diseases (61.8%). Enhanced health and wellness centres would facilitate screening and early detection of NCDs. Medical isotopes getting produced on PPP would help in the treatment of Cancer (one of the key NCDs). Setting up of infectious disease blocks and public health labs in all the districts is the right augmentation needed for public health systems in coming years. Along with Ayushman Bharat, we should witness better continuum of care in coming years.
Overall, announcements related to health sector would not only positively impact both efficiency and effectiveness but also enhance equity in delivery of healthcare services. Further, with rapid technological advancements, digital health blueprint from the central government is the need of the hour. It's a welcome move."