Delhi Government launched a number of schemes to help individuals to get the benefit of health services at affordable rates. Around 50,000 people already availed the benefits of the “health for all” scheme. Satyendar Jain, State health minister announced that this scheme proved very useful for the state and it covers free high-end diagnostic services and surgeries at private hospitals, in case the same isn’t available at state-government hospitals or if there is long waiting queue to avail that services.
Satyendar Jain shared the data and said 14,834 MRIs and 5,988 CT scans have been conducted from March 2017 to February 2018. Private hospitals have given free surgeries to 1615 people additionally, in the corresponding period.
With the increase in awareness, the graph is going up and people will take benefit from that scheme. State Minister also shared that it’s our government responsibilities to provide quality healthcare facility to the people. Existing infrastructure in the government hospitals isn’t sufficient to provide adequate services and to deal with this, Delhi government launched two schemes (“Free Surgery scheme” and “health for all”), under these schemes patient can be referred to selected private facilities for tests, or even for surgeries and the state government will reimburse the charges incurred at subsidised rates.
Free Surgery Scheme is another appreciable scheme introduced by the government which is free from the income limit for Delhi residents. 52 specified surgeries facilitated by the state government under this scheme and can be availed free at private hospitals in Delhi/NCR.
The people who are allotted a date of surgery after 30 days of diagnosis at one of the 24 specified government hospitals in the city can avail the benefit of that scheme.
At present, more than 50 hospitals agreed to provide free surgeries and discussions are in process with other hospitals. While sharing the government schemes, Jain also shared 300 people have been treated free, under the scheme to provide free treatment to accident victims even at private hospitals.
Delhi government is working to provide affordable health services and planning to introduce the scheme to provide free dialysis in the private hospitals for the patients whose annual earnings are below Rs. 3 lakh and residing in the capital for the past three years.
And the government is searching and contacting hospitals who will ready to provide free dialysis to eligible patients at Rs 1,274 which would be reimbursed by the state government. This scheme will be going to be a part of government’s “Delhi Arogya Kosh” scheme.