Herald: Charging of patients at GMC postponed
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Charging of patients at GMC postponed

30 Nov 2017 05:52am IST

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30 Nov 2017 05:52am IST

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Will start later in Dec as govt wants it to be systematically planned

PANJIM: Goa government’s ambitious plan to charge outstation patients availing medical services at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) and other State run hospitals, from December 1, has been postponed by another fortnight as the “government wants to implement it in toto”.

“There is no question of rethinking on the decision. Everything is in place, but I need another 15 to 20 days to implement the decision in toto, living no scope for any corrections or confusions,” Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told Herald. 

A month and a half ago, the Health Minister had decided not to extend the free medical services at GMC to non-Goan patients, who make up nearly half the visitors visiting the State’s premier government hospital. It is a known fact that GMC is burdened with patients pouring in from the neighbouring districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

“December 1 was my target but then I want to implement the system in a very systematic manner. Once implemented, there should not be any confusion in the minds of patients or people. Everything has to be worked out very smoothly,” Rane explained. 

The Minister reiterated that GMC is not going to charge very high fees but that the fees will be nominal. “In case of emergencies, no fees will be charged. Also, poor people will be given relief,” he added. Being an administrative decision, cabinet approval is not required, Rane said. 

The ten-member committee under the Health Secretary has suggested that non-Goan patients be charged 20 percent of the rates applicable for the interventions under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY). The report was submitted to the government earlier this month. 

Apart from GMC, the system will be also put in place at South Goa district Hopsital- Hospicio, Mapusa district hospital and Ponda sub-district hospital. 

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