Delhi Govt's Proposal To Bear Treatment Costs For Road, Fire Victims Approved
Delhi's Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the Delhi government's proposal to bear the treatment expenses of victims of motor accidents, fire and acid attacks that take place on the city's roads at private hospitals.
While terming the scheme as a step in the right direction, Baijal has stressed that for a robust healthcare system, the government institutions also need to be strengthened, as the healthcare system cannot be left entirely in the hands of private sector.
He said that for a complete transparency and relevant procedures or guidelines should be followed strictly while empaneling private hospitals.
A mechanism must be evolved for ensuring that unnecessary tests are not prescribed in collusion with private medical centres, he added.
"Further, the quality of tests and the private institutions empanelled for these tests also should be ensured through appropriate penalties in case of malpractices/poor quality," a statement released from the Raj Niwas, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, read.
Baijal has advised that the administrative department must develop a system of online Aadhaar-based/biometric tracking of patients to ensure proper follow-up and to prevent any malpractices, given the financial implications, it said.
An approval has also been given to the proposal for outsourcing of diagnostic (non-radiological) services to provide free laboratory services at Mohalla Clinics, polyclinics and Mobile Health Clinics.
However, noting that the original purpose of the scheme was to help the poor and needy sections of the society, and that the Planning Department, too, has advocated an income ceiling, he advised the government to retain some "income ceiling" so that the resources of the government were used and the "poor are not crowded out by the well-to-do".
The LG also noted that the focus of these schemes appeared to be on outsourcing and there is no mention in the proposal about any action plan to strengthen the diagnostic infrastructure in the government institutions.