Address a post-budget webinar on ‘Health and medical research‘, Modi He said that the Indian health sector has been blighted for decades by a lack of an integrated approach and long-term vision, but his government has not limited it to just the ministry of health and has approached the issue from the perspective of “the whole government”.
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Our entrepreneurs should ensure that India does not have to import any technology and becomes self-sufficient, he said, noting the various measures his government has taken to promote entrepreneurship in the sector.
The prime minister said making treatment affordable was a top priority, adding that ‘Ayushman Bharat’, a government health insurance scheme, and ‘Jan Aushadhi’ centres, where medicines are sold at cheaper prices, saved to citizens Rs 80,000 crore and Rs 20,000 crore respectively.
‘Ayushman Bharat’ & ‘Jan Aushadhi’ centers rescued Rs 1 lakh cr of citizens : PM Modi
The country’s pharmaceutical sector has gained global trust during the pandemic, Modi said, urging the sector to build and capitalize on trust.
The healthcare sector should be seen with a pre-Covid and post-Covid dividing line, he said, noting that the pandemic has shown that even the developed systems of prosperous countries are destroyed during such a crisis.
His government is not just focusing on health care but on the general well-being of citizens, he said.
India’s post-Covid approach is not limited to health care, but also well-being: PM Modi
Now critical health infrastructure is being brought into tier 2 cities and smaller households, leading to the development of a health ecosystem there, he said.
The government is also focusing on ensuring people get treatment, including testing facilities, close to their homes, he added.