Nearly four years of tough structural reforms, fiscal consolidation and courageous measures such as demonetisation and GST have allowed finance minister Arun Jaitley to boldly venture into unchartered social security territory.
The National Healthcare Protection Scheme (NHPS) will be the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme that will benefit 500 million people. That is roughly the entire population of US and Russia put together.
There are three pillars to budget 2018:
*Recognition of healthcare of young and old