The Delhi government, on Tuesday last week, said it would provide free MRI and CT scan to its citizens who have a yearly income of less than 3 lakhs. Delhi Health Minister, Satyendar Jain, said that the money saved from timely construction of flyovers would fund the scheme. “As per CM Arvind Kejriwal‘s instructions, we have decided to use the money saved from early construction of flyovers to provide free medicines and medical tests for patients,” said Jain.
Reports were filed to Delhi, according to the Times of India, where some patients were said to wait till 2019 for an MRI or CT scan. In such tribulation, these measures have been taken by the Govt. According to them, over Rs 350 crore have been saved by building flyovers in Delhi at much below the sanctioned budget. Jain said the decision to rope in private labs was taken in view of the long dates given for MRI and CT scan in government hospitals. “We are also working on a public-private partnership model to have more MRI machines at government hospitals, but that may take a few years,” the minister said. So as an immediate measure, we have decided to rope in accredited private labs,” he added.
They have reportedly identified seven private MRI scan centres accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers. They have said to have authorised 10 government hospitals which can refer their patients to these labs and can then provide cashless MRI and CT scans. The government hospitals authorised include GB Pant, Lok Nayak, GTB, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Janakpuri Super Specialty, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Delhi State Cancer Institute and Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya hospitals.
“This facility shall substantially decrease the load of MRI CT scan in Delhi government hospitals and shorten the waiting list for patients undergoing treatment there,” an official in the health department said. Indeed the ones in need would have great help from this measure.