Delhi L-G okays free treatment for accident victims
Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal approved the Delhi cabinet’s proposal on free treatment for victims of road accidents, acid attacks and burn injuries, terming it as a step in the right direction.
NEW DELHI: Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Friday approved the Delhi cabinet’s proposal on free treatment for victims of road accidents, acid attacks and burn injuries, terming it as a step in the right direction.
Baijal also cleared another proposal of the health department for outsourcing diagnostic (non-radiological) services to provide free laboratory services at mohalla clinics, polyclinics and mobile health clinics.
The third proposal that was okayed was the amendments to the Delhi Arogya Kosh(DAK) scheme, which will provide financial assistance for specified high-end diagnostic (radiological) tests and surgeries. However, Baijal also suggested that an income ceiling be introduced so that resources of the government are used to help the poor and the underprivileged victims don’t get crowded out by the well-to-do. Emphasising that the actual purpose of the scheme is to help the needy, he also pointed out that the planning department had advised the same.
It was also noted that though two of the schemes seemed to be focusing on outsourcing, the proposals don’t mention about any action plan to strengthen the diagnostic infrastructure in the government institutions. For a robust healthcare system, the LG pointed out, the government institutions need to be strengthened as the healthcare system cannot be left entirely in the hands of the private sector.
Baijal also said the process of empanelling private hospitals should be made transparent and relevant guidelines should be strictly followed. He also emphasised that a mechanism must be evolved for ensuring that unnecessary tests are not prescribed in collusion with private medical centres. The quality of tests and that of the empanelled private institutions should be ensured through introducing appropriate penalties in case of malpractices or poor quality, he noted.
The administrative department must also develop a system of online Aadhaar-based or biometric tracking of patients to ensure proper follow-up and prevent malpractices, Baijal added.