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Candid Conversation with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the 2016 Union Budget


March 2 2016
The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
“I wish I could spend more on healthcare”: FM Jaitley
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In a candid conversation with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley……

Dr Kenneth Thorpe, Chairman, PFCD participated in Rajya Sabha TV’s flagship programme ‘Spotlight’ on March 2 2016 at The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi, in which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was the Chief Guest and the session was moderated by veteran TV and print journalist Govindraj Ethiraj.

The session had a selected set of 25-30 senior officials across sectors ranging from manufacturing, automobile and real estate to insurance, health and research institutes who had the opportunity to directly interact with the Finance Minister.

Dr Kenneth Thorpe asked about encouraging public private partnership in other areas of public health basis the government’s newly announced National Dialysis Services Programme, for which the funding will be provided through PPP mode under the National Health Mission.

The Finance Minister responded by saying, “I wish the government could spend more in the healthcare sector”. He emphasized that the government has taken a big leap in terms of Universal Health Insurance this time, and also talked about the increased role of the private sector in this area.

The complete session can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgJWn9M_YAQ

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