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Oct 05, 2012

India to Embark on Universal Health Coverage from 12th Plan

image India is embarking on an ambitious target of achieving Universal Health Coverage for all during 12th Plan period. Everybody will be entitled for comprehensive health security in the country.

It will be obligatory on the part of the State to provide adequate food, appropriate medical care, safe drinking water, proper sanitation, education and health-related information for good health. The State will be responsible for ensuring and guaranteeing UHC for its citizens.

Addressing the afternoon session of the Conference on “Responsible Use of Medicine” at Amsterdam, Netherlands yesterday, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad said as per WHO's World Health Statistics 2012, almost 60% of total health expenditure in India was paid by the common man from his own pocket in 2009.

The Report states that 39 million Indians are pushed to poverty because of ill health every year. Around 30% in rural India did not go for any treatment for financial constraints. About 47% and 31% of hospital admissions in rural and urban India were financed by loans and sale of assets.