Nasreen, 34, got the shock of her life last week when doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi asked her to come back in 2025 for her heart surgery.
Nasreen, a beneficiary under the Centre's mega health insurance cover plan Ayushman Bharat, has been making regular rounds of India's premier medical institute to reschedule the date.
"Have you ever heard of a politician being put on such a long wait-list?" a relative of Nasreen asked.
Nasreen isn't the only sufferer. Hundreds of patients at top government health facilities in Delhi, including Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research are being given dates that range between six months to six years.
The crisis is primarily because of increasing patient numbers and a massive shortage of doctors, beds, OTs and equipment, Dr Rajiv Ranjan, General Secretary, RDA-AIIMS-Delhi told DTMT.