Dr Azad Moopen (File photo: Mathrubhumi archives | Pradeep NM)
In connection with the Union Budget 2020-21, Dr Azad Moopen, founder chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare Group, reacted that the budget promotes utilization of the available resources when it is difficult to create opportunities for growth.
Dr Azad Moopen also lauded the benefits granted for healthcare sector in the budget, such as the plans to implement Tuberculosis eradication programme in the country by 2025, to provide viability fund for implementing Ayushman Bharat scheme, to establish hospitals in public-private partnership and to supply 2000 essential medicines through Jan Aushadhi stores.
However, only one percent of the GDP i.e. Rs 69,000 crore, was allocated for health sector and this is insufficient for its growth. Also, the demands and suggestions put forward by NRIs were not considered in the budget, he added.