Union cabinet approves National Health Policy

Union health minister to make statement in Parliament today

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The union government approved the National Health Policy which proposes to provide "assured health services to all" in the country. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to the policy which has been pending for the last two years.

The policy makes health an entitlement but not a fundamental right as the draft policy had envisaged. It stops short of a legislative backing for right to health. In the current policy, health services are merely "assured". It, however, talks of imposing a healthcess much like the education cess that was imposed after RTE was legislated. The last health policy dates back to 2002. The new policy seeks to strengthen the primary healthcare setup while increasing the scope of public private partnerships.

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