The expenditure on healthcare in last fiscal by the Centre and state governments was 1.3 per cent of the GDP, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
As per the Economic Survey 2015-2016, the expenditure by government (Central and state governments combined) on health as percentage of GDP was 1.3 per cent, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel said in a written reply to a question in the Upper House.
She said as per World Health Statistics 2015, India’s per capita government expenditure on health in 2012 was USD 60, while the US spent USD 4,153.
As on March 31, last year, there was shortage of 3,002 doctors at primary health care centres in rural areas, Patel said.
To another question, she said based on the projection of the country’s population for 2011-2016 by the Office of Registrar General of India, the per capita public health expenditure for 2014-15 (revised estimate) and 2015-16 (budgetary estimate) is estimated at Rs 1,117 and Rs 1,202 respectively.