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Free ICU treatment at private hospitals proposes Delhi Government

New Delhi: The Delhi government recently, issued guidelines to make ICU beds available to the residents of Delhi for free, if ICUs at government hospitals are not available. The patients can receive ICU services at various empaneled private hospitals with over 100 beds and three ICU beds on a predefined rate per day if no ICU bed is available in government hospital. The government will accommodate this cost in the Arogya Kosh scheme.

“The medical treatment in government hospitals is free. As per article 47 it is the duty of state government to provide free treatment for all emergent conditions and all medical problems under the National or State health Programs. Most state hospitals will not be able to meet the demand and therefore the only answer is to empanel private hospitals under pre-defined fee structure to provide cover for referred patients from state run government hospitals for non availability of beds por an investigation,” said Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO and HCFI.

As per new guidelines empaneled private hospitals with 100 or more beds including a minimum of 3 ICU beds and accredited with NABH will be providing these services. These hospitals will be paid at all inclusive package rates fixed by Delhi Arogya Kosh.

Currently Delhi Government provides free treatment for all victims of accident, rape, CSA, acid burn through all hospitals, private or government. Through the Delhi Arogya Kosh the Government also provides free high end diagnostics to all citizens of Delhi referred by Delhi Government Hospitals if the waiting list for any of these crosses 30 days.

Currently less than four percent of beds in Delhi government hospitals have ventilator facility. As per International Standards 10 percent of beds should have ventilator facilities.



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