Union Budget 2017: Healthcare, medical facilities high on agenda this year

Union Budget 2017: Healthcare, medical facilities high on agenda this year
Union Budget 2017: Healthcare, medical facilities high on agenda this year

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Union Budget 2017, on Wednesday announced that government will widen the availability of essential drugs across India.

The minister also said that the government will reduce the cost of life saving drugs.

In a bid to enhance the medical education in the country, Jaitley announced setting up of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences​ (AIIMS) in the states of Gujarat and Jharkhand, while also adding that 25000 post graduate seats will be created in medicine.

Besides, he added that 1.5 lakh health sub centres will be converted to Health Wellness Centres.

For senior citizens, Aadhaar cards mentioning their health conditions will be issued.

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