Private hospitals an option if govt hospitals too busy: Delhi chief minister

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal at a rally. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jul 10, 2017, 04.02 PM (IST)

Delhiites can avail 52 life-saving surgical services from private hospitals if government hospitals don't provide a date within one month of diagnosis, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday. 

"Health services are so expensive today that if anyone suffers from a serious ailment, the biggest worry for the family is not the health of the patient, but where the money would come from," Arvind Kejriwal said.

"But now there is no need to worry as the Delhi government would ensure that the patient gets the best treatment free of cost," the Aam Aadmi Party leader added.

The government has tied-up with 48 private hospitals collectively in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and Faridabad. If any of the 24 Delhi Government hospitals refer a patient to a private hospital, they can avail treatment there and the fee will be paid by the government. No upper limit has been set for these treatments.

The 52 surgeries that the government has shortlisted include bypass, kidney, prostate, and thyroid. The proof of income is not required while residential proof is, as evidence of being a resident of Delhi.

A patient can also choose a private hospital if and when the need arises. 

The government has allotted one-fourth of its budget to education and 14-18 per cent to the health sector. 

"Within a month we will launch a scheme to provide free treatment at private hospitals to victims of road accidents, acid attacks and people who suffer burn injuries," said health minister Satyendra Jain.

The accident scheme will be open to all, not just people from Delhi. The only condition will be that the accident should have taken place in Delhi.

This announcement comes as the third "one-of-its-kind" initiative taken by the Delhi Government under the health scheme that aims at improving health-related facilities. The other two were the provision of free medicines in all Government hospitals and free medical tests provided at private diagnostic centres.