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Any Accident On Delhi Roads, State Govt Will Pay Any Hospital Bills

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| December 13 , 2017 , 12:26 IST

Unfortunately, accidents take place with alarming frequency on Delhi roads, with nearly 7,375 reported road accidents taking place in 2016 as per Delhi Police figures. A large number of fatalities take place due to delay in treatment.

In a bid to reduce the fatalities and injuries that take place on Delhi roads, the state government, during a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday approved an 'accident victims scheme'.  

According to the scheme, now the Delhi government will bear all the bills incurred on the treatment of victims of road accidents, burns or acid attacks whether in government hospitals or private. Victims will get the free treatment irrespective of their official residence if the accident takes place in the geographical jurisdiction of Delhi. Reportedly there is no upper cap on the expenses borne by the government.

Although even earlier, treatment for accident victims was free at government hospitals, critical time would be lost in searching for a government hospital.

"Our aim is to save as many lives as possible. Even when a private hospital is located nearby, many accident victims are taken to government hospitals and often the golden hour is lost in transport. Medical assistance in the golden hour is key to saving lives," Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said to media after the meeting.

Many accident victims are turned away from private hospitals if the hospitals feel that the victims are not able to pay the fees.