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[Comment] Accounting for the future of health in India

07 Feb 2017

On Feb 1, 2017, the Government of India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the annual Union Budget in Parliament.1 Within it, ambitious “action plans” for improving health or ameliorating disease were referenced. The plans include the elimination of several infectious diseases—visceral leishmaniasis and filariasis in 2017, leprosy by 2018, measles by 2020, and tuberculosis by 2025. Beyond disease control, national laws and regulations are to be amended or implemented to reduce the costs of medicines and medical devices nationwide, while harmonising regulations with international standards in order to attract investment into this sector.

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