Budget 2020

More tax benefits sought for health insurance

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on November 04, 2016

The Government has to double the income-tax benefits relating to health insurance for long-term benefits, according to Pratap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals.

The exemption limit should go up to ₹50,000 “so all can take care of their health better,” he said. The society is facing a “tsunami of non-communicable diseases or lifestyle diseases” and preventive health check-ups are invaluable, he said.

It is also time for the medical forum to “need to practice medicine relevant for today.” New concepts of health and well being are emerging and for instance, “the cardiologists need to look at reversal of heart diseases,” he suggested.

Reddy was addressing the launch of “Apollo hospitals textbook of medicine’’ by Apollo Hospitals along with Apollo First Med hospitals. Edited by T V Devarajan, senior consultant, Department of General Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, it is the first textbook of corporate hospitals.

AS Ganesan, Chancellor, Vinayaka Missions University, said the book is of particular significance as it deals with medico-legal aspects and legal obligations of doctors in India.

Published on November 04, 2016
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