NEW DELHI : Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that as many as 1.42 lakh poor people have benefited from the three ambitious schemes launched by the Delhi government in the last two and a half years.
These schemes were announced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in 2017 under the Delhi Arogya Kosh (DAK) to universalize free, efficient and quality healthcare for all.
The schemes include free high-end diagnostic scheme, free surgery scheme, and cashless treatment to medico-legal victims of road accidents, acid attacks and thermal burn injuries.
Mr Jain said: “We want to provide free and quality healthcare to all, and are making avenues to reduce the burden on government hospitals while simultaneously ensuring timely treatment for patients.”
He pointed out that in the surgery scheme it is up to the patient to decide among the empaneled private hospitals/ nursing homes because some might want to save out-of-pocket expenditure incurred on travel, while others may give more priority to the name of the hospital.
Through the accident scheme, the Delhi government is ensuring that no victim faces the threat of loss of life simply because a government hospital wasn’t close by, he added.
Launched in February 2017, free high-end diagnostics scheme enables patients, who are bonafide Delhi residents, to get referral from identified Delhi Government Hospitals and Polyclinics to empaneled private diagnostic centres, in case the former cannot provide the tests within 30 days.
The health minister claimed that till 30 June 2019 - 1,34,609 patients had benefited from this scheme, getting tests including MRI, CT, PET CT, Nuclear, USG & Doppler, Mammography, ECHO & TMT, EEG & EMG and X-Ray ceaselessly and quickly from one of the 23 empaneled private labs.
Similarly, the free surgery scheme, which was launched in March 2017, gives patients the autonomy to get referred to empaneled private hospitals/ nursing homes from identified Delhi Government Hospitals for 86 surgeries, in case the latter cannot provide the treatment in the government setup within 30 days, he added.
Fifty-six private healthcare providers have been empaneled by the government for this scheme, and the patients have the choice to select any. Till June 2019 - 4654 patients received cashless treatment pertaining to Cardiac Surgery, Uro Surgery, General Surgery, Lap-Cholecystectomy, ENT and Eye, the statement said.