SRINAGAR: Policy and planning decisions have powerful implications for individual behaviors and public health. Preventing today’s major health problems requires understanding and intervening to act on the root causes of ill health and the policies that shape and affect the root causes.
In Jammu and Kashmir, to effectively address these issues, the administration has taken several measures proactively to provide the best healthcare services to its people.
One of the major decisions in this direction was the introduction of the “J&K Healthcare Investment Policy (HCIP)” aimed at encouraging private parties and entrepreneurs to set up healthcare infrastructure in the ‘State. This health care investment policy aims to realize UT’s obligation to provide effective and quality health care to its citizens and to bring health services to the doorsteps of the masses in order to ensure the availability of the full range of health services in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. UT’s personal care sectors.
The health sector in Jammu and Kashmir has shown significant progress in terms of improving infrastructure, manpower and the health system, which is now reflected in improved health indicators of UT that have become comparatively better than those of many other states and even better than the national average, according to NFHS indicators. Despite the COVID situation, the health and medical sector has taken the lead in Jammu and Kashmir to attract global investment in healthcare.
In J&K, where the private sector is still in its infancy and nearly 80% of health facilities are provided by the public sector, overcrowding in public health facilities has compromised the quality of care. In government institutions, out-of-pocket expenses are quite large as patients have to purchase drugs and other essentials from the market. This implies a huge burden for poor households. This policy will cover all of these aspects and will bring major relief to the people here.
The health care investment policy should improve the accessibility of quality health services to the population, promote the creation of related hospital, medical and educational infrastructure and make the state a destination of choice for providers. of private health services, in addition to promoting medical tourism. The J&K government is taking several reforming measures for the advancement and modernization of health infrastructure, in addition to providing affordable health services to all.
At J&K, special attention is paid to three areas: prevention, better treatment and care. Seven new medical schools, two AIIMS, nearly 1,000 health and wellness centers, five new nursing schools, B.Sc. allied health courses plus a more than 100% increase in medical seats contribute to the development and advancement of the health sector in UT. The government is not only focusing on creating the best of the best private hospitals in Jammu and Srinagar but also smaller ones in the districts and health centers to boost health and wellness tourism as J&K is the destination natural in the world.
Key features of the health care investment policy include a 30% subsidy on capital investments to be provided for the establishment of multi-specialty and super-specialty hospitals, medical schools, nurses and paramedics. Other salient features of the policy include interest subsidy at a rate of 5% per annum on a term loan subject to a cap of Rs 15 lakh per annum for a period of five years from the date of inception. implementation of the project and subsidized electricity tariffs. applicable to the industrial sector.
Overall, this policy is one of the remarkable initiatives of the J&K government and is intended to realize UT’s obligation to provide efficient and quality health care to its citizens and to bring health services to the doorstep. of the masses to ensure the availability of the full range of health services. in the primary, secondary and tertiary care sectors of UT residents
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