National Health Policy

The National Health Policy 2017, on the lines of Obamacare, was approved by the Cabinet,
assuring affordable health services to all.

BACKGROUND :

(i) The new policy will replace the previous one, which was framed 15 years ago in 2002.
(ii) The policy will address current and emerging challenges arising from the ever changing
socio-economic, technological and epidemiological scenarios.

OBJECTIVES :

(a) It intends on gradually increasing public health expenditure from 1% to 2.5% of the
GDP.
(b) It proposes free drugs, free diagnostics and free emergency and essential healthcare ser-
vices in public hospitals.
(c) The policy advocates allocating two-thirds (or more) of resources to primary care.
(d) To promote ‘Make in India’ initiative by using drugs and devices manufactured in the
country.

KEY TARGETS :

1. To increase Life Expectancy at birth from 67.5 to 70 by 2025.
2. To reduce infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019 & Under Five Mortality to 23 by 2025.
3. To bring down Neo-natal mortality to 16 and to achieve the global 2020 HIV target.
4. Eliminating Kala-azar and lymphatic filariasis by 2017 & leprosy by 2018.