Union Budget 2016: What's in store for healthcare?

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday announced that the government will provide health insurance of up to Rs1 lakh per family.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday announced that the government will provide health insurance of up to Rs.1 lakh per family, adding that senior citizens would be applicable for an additional top-up of Rs 30,000.

Jaitley also said that the government will set up 35,000 medical stores under Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushodi Yojana to make quality medicine available across the country.

In addition to that, he announced the launch of a National Dialysis Programme to address the high costs involved in the renal dialysis processes.

Under the programme every district hospital will have the facilities of renal dialysis, so that people do not have to travel to the expensive hospitals of metro cities.

At least 2,000 new dialysis centres will be started in the country under the programme, he added.

(With Agency inputs)

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