The government will not be charged for any health care provided to people who pay it, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said on Sunday.
He was responding to a question on the issue, while responding to an RTI query.
The government will pay for all medical services and equipment, including ambulances, hospital beds, surgical instruments and vaccines, Singh said.
“In the event of any disruption in the supply of any of these items, the Government of India will reimburse the expenses,” he said.
Earlier, he had said that the government will “pay for all” medical services provided to the poor.
“All of the services provided by the government and all of the medical facilities provided to our people, which are available to the people, will be covered,” Singh said, adding that the expenditure of the government for health care will be “substantially reduced”.
“There is no difference in the level of the budget for health and other related expenses between the government of India and the Union government,” he had added.
On January 18, the Centre said the government would cover up to Rs 1,000 crore in medical expenses incurred by patients from different parts of the country who had paid Rs 50 for treatment in Delhi, Delhi Metro and other public hospitals.
Singh, however, said the budget of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW) would not be increased.