New Delhi: Noting the importance of providing access to affordable and quality healthcare to all, Vice President Hamid Ansari today pitched for joint efforts by the government, private and non-profit sectors to achieve the goal.While provision of universal access to healthcare is in itself a noble objective, there are enormous costs involved which can be saved by providing preventive and curative healthcare, he said on the occasion of Foundation Day of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences here.Ansari said it was important to provide access to affordable and quality healthcare towards attainment of the larger goal of inclusive socio-economic development in the country.Quoting a report of the Planning Commission`s Working Group on Disease Burden for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), he said losses because of premature deaths only due to non-communicable diseases are projected to increase cumulatively and India stands to lose USD 237 billion during 2005-15.
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