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Budget and (un)ease of living when it comes to health


At a time when the Indian economy is going through prolonged stagflation with historically high levels of unemployment and a slump in rural consumption, among other things, it was expected that Budget 2020 would provide the necessary impetus to boost the economy and bolster public spending on health and nutrition.

Defying all expectations, the Budget, instead, cut public spending on health, something that would directly impact people’s access to healthcare.

Although Budget allocations for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of AYUSH increased marginally in nominal terms, from ₹66,466 crore in 2019-20 to ₹69,234 ...


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