National Dialysis Programme (2016-17 budget) 2000 new dialysis centers and its cost
The budget of 2016 brings many dialysis centers and more than 3000 medical stores across India. The budget of 2016, finance minister, Arun Jaitley announced that all the hospitals across India will have a dialysis services in them.
The Budget 2016-17 healthcare announcements
The Union Budget was presented on 29th February where the finance minister said that in India, kidney issues have being increasing and in accordance to that the number of dialysis centers available in India is very less. Patients have to travel long before they could get a dialysis center and this makes it even tougher a task for them. This travelling also increase the already high cost of dialysis. Each dialysis session costs not less that Rs.2000 and when travelling cost is added to this, many patients are not able to afford it. Renal patients who are in stage 3 need dialysis at least once or thrice a week but because there is no dialysis service close by they are not being able to get proper treatment. Due to this lack of facility the mortality rate among these patience has increased to a great extent. Many hospitals do not have the dialysis machine and equipment because the machine has to be imported and the duty charge on it is high. So most of the district hospitals do not have the services.
Study on CKD
Recently a study was conducted to check the prevalence of kidney related problems in cities like- Delhi, Kanpur, Vishakhapatnam, Bangalore, Cochin, Bhopal, Nadiad, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Varanasi and Mysore. Among which these are the following cities where chronic kidney disease prevail the maximum-
|S.No||The Cities which has highest prevalence of CKD||Percentage|
And these are the cities where chronic kidney disease prevail the least-
|S.No||The Cities which has Lowest prevalence of CKD||Percentage|
National Dialysis Programme
On keeping this issue in mind the finance minister has announced for a new programme called the National Dialysis Programme which will be for the patients of renal ailments. Under this programme all the district hospitals of the country will have dialysis service so that all the local renal patients can avail it. Jaitley also said that the duty charged on the dialysis machine and equipment, and other taxes charged, will be reduced so that hospitals can have buy these equipment. Jaitley has said that around 2000 new dialysis centers will be started under this National Dialysis Programme so that the service is spread throughout the country.
With these facilities that patients of kidney problems do not have to travel far for just getting a session of dialysis. The patients who avoid getting themselves treated due to the distance and cost can now take these dialysis treatment from the local hospitals and save their cost of travelling. This will lead to the decrease in the early mortality rate of the patients of renal aliments. The budget of 2016-17 has brought some relief to the patients of kidney problems.
Inclusion of other healthcare schemes in the Budget 2016-17
Along with this the finance minister also announced another programme called the Jan Aushadhi Scheme under which he has said that more than 3000 medical stores will be opened across the country which will have all the basic and generic medicines needed by patients. This is because there are many rural areas and villages where there are no medical stores so people have to travel a lot to buy any kind of medicines. This becomes very difficult in the times of emergency. These medical store will provide medicines at a lower rate so that the low income people can afford to buy these medicines. Another health related programme announced by the finance minister is the Health Protection Scheme where the he proposes to give health insurance of Rs.1 lakh per household.