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Fees for outstation patients to be finalised soon: Rane

15 Nov 2017 06:13am IST

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15 Nov 2017 06:13am IST

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PANJIM: The State government is likely to finalise fees for outstation patients for availing services at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) within a week amidst reports that the committee has recommended that non-Goan patients be charged 30 percent of the rate applicable for intervention under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojna (DDSSY).

PANJIM: The State government is likely to finalise fees for outstation patients for availing services at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) within a week amidst reports that the committee has recommended that non-Goan patients be charged 30 percent of the rate applicable for intervention under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojna (DDSSY). 

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has allayed apprehensions that these patients would have to bear expensive treatment at the State-run hospital. 

“We have not finalised the rates as yet. The committee of doctors headed by Joint Health Secretary Sunil Masurkar will do the assessment on charges for different diagnosis, blood tests, beds on per day basis, etc,” he said at a press conference. 

The report will comprise all details, including monthly report on the total patients, type of treatment provided to each, among other information. “I will take a final call whether the recommended rates in the report are to be implemented without any changes or need to be reduced. The charges for outstation patients will be reasonable,” the minister assured.

He said the government is firm on introducing the new system from December 1 reiterating that the rates would be finalised much ahead of the implementation date. “An appropriate decision would be taken within one week,” he added. 

The motive to launch the new scheme, Rane explained is to reduce the load on Goa Medical College and Hospital and ensure that priority is given to Goan patients in availing medical treatment. 

“There is a load on Goa Medical College and Hospital. In the cardiac department 15-20 percent of the patients are non-Goans. What is the use of DDSSY scheme when our patients are not able to take proper benefit? Let other states start a similar scheme and we will open a counter for them at GMC. We can replicate our procedure for outstation patients by swipe card and getting their treatment done on nominal charges,” he said, adding, “I have to protect the interest of the Goans.”

As per data, nearly 40 percent of the patients at Goa Medical College and Hospital are from neighbouring districts like Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and Karwar in Karnataka. 

The Health Minister is determined to also charge minimal fees per bed per day from non-Goan patients.

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