The main focus of the government in the 2017-18 Delhi budget for health is to double the hospital bed strength to 20,000 and to expand Mohalla Clinics for which the government has set aside 5736 crore – 9 percent more than the last fiscal year.
The city has a three-tier healthcare system. Mohalla Clinics are recognized as the first-level and the government expects to increase them to 150 from 110 by the end of the 2017 financial year.
Second-tier is polyclinic where the government ensures specialists will be available for all diseases. Medicines and diagnostics will be free but there will be no indoor facilities. 23 such polyclinics are working and their number is expected to be enhanced to 150 by the end of the 2018 financial year.
Hospitals come under the third-tier and work is under progress to increase the number of beds from 10,000 to 20,000 that is expected to be completed in the coming 18 months. In addition, three hospitals at Burari, Ambedkar Nagar, and Dwarka are under construction and another four are to be established at Sarita Vihar, Nangloi, Madipur, and Sirsapur. There will be 5000 new beds in these seven hospitals.
Delhi government is also working on schemes for issuing health cards and health insurance to all residents of Delhi. The budget also proposes to establish five de-addiction centers for juveniles at the city government hospitals or institutions with five beds each. Pharmacies of five Delhi government hospitals, LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital, BSA Hospital, DDU Hospital, and LBS Hospital will be outsourced and free generic pharmacy or Jan Aushadhi will be established outside Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.