Healthcare budget may face 16-17% cut

The healthcare budget may face a cut of 16-17% in the revised estimates for the financial year ending March 31, government officials indicated on Tuesday. The public spending on health in India is already one of the lowest globally.

“The final revised estimates for healthcare are yet to be determined but we are expecting a 16% to 17% reduction, based on our meetings with finance ministry officials in last few weeks,” confirmed a health ministry official. The plan outlay for 2014-15 for ..

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