Safdarjung Hospital.Angiography , Dialysis To Be Free

 Safdarjung Hospital.

Emergency Treatment, Angiography And Dialysis To Be Free From January

Kounteya Sinha | TNN  New Delhi: There’s some good news for patients visiting the Safdarjung Hospital. Come January, all patients visiting the hospital’s two main emergency wards will not have to pay a single penny for their treatment and stay.
   Angiography to check the condition of blood vessels and to see if the arteries of the heart have narrowed (that costs Rs 2,000-3,500) and dialysis — a method of removing toxic substances from the blood in patients who have kidney failure — will also become free for everyone from January.
   High-end open heart surgeries, like coronary bypass (a procedure to remove the blockage of the heart muscle that costs Rs 70,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh), valve surgery and replacement (in which one or more valves are repaired or replaced with a prosthetic valve and costs Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh) and surgery to correct or treat birth defects of the heart (congenital heart diseases that would easily cost Rs 1-2 lakh) has already become free for all patients below BPL.
   Orthopaedic implants, which usually cost Rs 40,000-80,000, will also be conducted free for BPL patients.
   Cardiac surgeon and medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital Dr Jagdish Prasad told TOI that over 70% of the patients visiting the hospital are extremely poor and come from the villages in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
   The hospital sees over 7,000 patients in its OPDs daily and records 360 fresh admissions everyday. Over 170 emergency and casualty cases are admitted daily while over 79,000 surgeries, small and big, are conducted annually in the hospital. Prasad said: ‘‘Cardiac surgeries of all BPL patients have already been made free. Of the 35 valve replacement surgeries done this month, 28 were free. Usually, we can make out which patients can’t afford to pay. For the rest, we are asking for their ration card and income certificate signed by the BDO/CO of the village to know if they belong to BPL.’’
   He added: ‘‘Emergency care of accident victims, cases of renal failure, septicemia, appendicitis, cardiac failure or any other surgical emergency in the hospital is also being made 100% free for every patient. The hospital will bear the cost of the patient’s drugs, treatment, consultation and stay.’’
   Prasad, who is also principal of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) in Safdarjung Hospital, says an amount of over Rs 23 crore is being set aside to launch these new initiatives.
  Safdarjang Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals. Last year, its OPDs received over 21 lakh patients. The total number of admissions in the past year was 1,17,254 with a bed occupancy of 113.5%.
The hospital also has another unique problem — every day it receives over 100 cases from AIIMS and other hospitals in the city due to non-availability of beds there.’’
   kounteya.sinha@timesgroup.com

One Response

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    We stay in Chennai, Tamilnadu. My grand aunt who is a dialysis patient is unmarried and has no income or any assets. Please let me know if there is a scheme introduced by State or Central governments that makes her eligible for free dialysis treatment since it costs around Rs.10,000/- and above per month which is unaffordable by her.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Karthik.

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