Herald: Separate queue system starts at GMC
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Separate queue system starts at GMC

31 Oct 2017 07:13am IST
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31 Oct 2017 07:13am IST

PANJIM: Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) on Monday started the separate queue system in OPDs – one for Goa residents and other for non-Goans – seeking treatment in the hospital.

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PANJIM: Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) on Monday started the separate queue system in OPDs – one for Goa residents and other for non-Goans – seeking treatment in the hospital.

Speaking to Herald, Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane said, “As of now we have started with the two queue system in OPDs. We are in process of finalising the rates for treatment and once that is done GMC will charge non-Goan patients for treatment. Dr Bandodkar is monitoring the entire situation.”

The decision to start the separate queues and charge non-Goans for treatment comes with an eye to protect the interest of locals and to reduce the load of patients on GMC.

The Health Minister had earlier said that directions had been given to have two queues – one for residents of the state and the other for those from across the border – while clarifying that he has issued directions for implementation of this bifurcation right from the registration stage at OPDs.

The decision came as shock to some people at GMC “I am a native of Karnataka and I work in Goa as a labourer. I did not know that two separate lines have been made for Goans and non-Goans and I was shocked to hear from you that we will soon be charged. Others can afford the treatment but what about us? We are poor,” said Nageswalin Nippani, a native of Karnataka speaking to Herald

Stating the need for such a move, Rane had said, “My people are on the floor while outsiders are on the bed. I have to work towards reducing the load on GMC. I took a genuine decision to see that people of Goan origin are given preferential treatment. Goans pay for DDSSY yet don’t get beds and facilities.”

Goans will have to carry valid ID proof from December 1 to avail the free benefit, otherwise they may have to pay for the treatment.

According to officials, the committee constituted to work out the rates to be charged at the hospital has completed two meetings and will have the rates ready by the end of November.

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