"A plan to set up four more AIIMS like institutions at Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Poorvanchal in Uttar Pradesh is under consideration," Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in his budget speech.

"It is a matter of great satisfaction that all the six new AIIMS at Jodhpur, Bhopal, Patna, Rishikesh, Bhubaneswar and Raipur have become functional," he added.

The aim is to provide good medical facilities at affordable rates in cities that don't have such medicare and also ensure quality medical education.

The AIIMS at Delhi has emerged as north India's best government hospital with over 1,800 beds. It treats over 9,000 people daily.

Jaitley also proposed to add 12 government medical colleges, where dental facilities would also be provided. At present, 58 government medical colleges have been approved.
The allocation to the health sector was up by merely 5 percent from Rs Rs 37,330 crore proposed in the last budget by the previous Congress-led UPA government in the last budget.


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