There is a good news for residents of Delhi as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced free surgeries at 48 private hospitals recently. It should also be noted that the announcement comes just around the time when Delhi is gripped by mosquito-borne diseases.
People now won’t have to worry about their huge bills. Till now no upper limit has been set for the bills, the cost of which will be met by the Delhi Government.
“We lay emphasis on health and education, there will be no dearth of funds for this scheme,” Kejriwal mentioned at a press conference.
In case a government hospital is unable to perform a patient’s surgery within 30 days or if the hospital doesn’t have the infrastructure, the patient can be referred to a private hospital. It then becomes the responsibility of the hospital to conduct a surgery within a time period of 15 days.
There are a few requirements which a patient needs to fulfill. The patient has to submit a proof of his residence together with an OPD slip (containing referral to a private hospital) with an authorization form (available at the hospital) to the nodal officer of the Delhi Arogya Kosh.
From the Delhi Arogya Kosh, the patient will receive an authorization letter allowing treatment at the private hospital. In the process, the hospital administration will provide the required assistance to the patients’ family.
The decision has been taken due to the fact that the overburdened government hospitals in Delhi cannot conduct any surgeries within 15 days, even when the patients are in a critical condition. In fact, many patients get a surgery date of one year from the date of recommendation. The free surgery scheme has been initiated against this loophole.