Manifesto Comparison, General Elections 2014 (4 of 9): Health

Current Situation :

  • India has one-third of world’s malnourished and accounts for a quarter of the world’s infant deaths
  • Public expenditure on health is 1.2% of GDP, one of the lowest in the developing world.
  • India has one of the highest rated of out of the pocket expenditure on health in the world.

Stand of major political parties on health issues :

Congress : 

  • Will bring Right to Health and raise health care spending to 3% of GDP.
  • Expand Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, a cashless insurance scheme.
  • Will create 60 lakh new jobs in healthcare by 2020.
  • Bring mobile health facilities to every district.


  • Will bring National Health Assurance Mission for universal healthcare.
  • Bring in a new National Healthcare policy.
  • Encourage Indian system of medicine, modern science and Ayurgenomics.
  • Will open up an AIIMS like institute in every state


  • Public expenditure on healthcare to be increased to minimum 5% of GDP
  • Regulate the private healthcare sector.
  • Ensure uninterrupted supply of all medicines free of cost, in all public health care facilities.
  • Strictly controlling and regulating clinical trials.


  • Will bring in Right to Health to provide high quality healthcare to everyone.
  • Improve accountability of public health systems, also guarantee that essential drugs are available at public healthcare facilities.
  • Increase the role of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) in public health care. Increased research funds for these systems too.


  • Public expenditure on health to be raised to 3% of GDP.

Note: The content produced here is taken from The Hindu. Writers of Know India have not changed the content in any way. Points of other national parties were not included as either their manifestos were not released (BSP) or they are small in their presence (NCP). For full comparison (which we will release in 9 volumes) can be seen at Page on

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