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Announcing a huge health revamp in the state, the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Saturday announced that Delhi residents can now have free life-saving surgeries in private hospitals for free.
After launching the health scheme, the Delhi Chief Minister explained, that the people of Delhi won’t have to wait for long period of time for their surgeries in government hospitals. He said, if any patient doesn't get a date for surgery at a government hospital within one month, the hospital would refer him to private hospitals and the government would pay all the expenses.
The Chief Minister, referring to his party, said: “We want to ensure that people, irrespective of their economic status, get best health and education facilities and this is a step in that direction.”
The government has identified 48 private hospitals in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad and Noida under the scheme. The government hospitals in Delhi will refer their patients to these private hospitals only.
The government has specified as much as 52 life-saving surgeries that will be referred to these hospitals including bypass, kidney, prostate, thyroid, etc.
Although no income proof will be required in the process, the hospitals will require a proof of Delhi residence. Interestingly, the patient can choose any private hospital from the government’s list.
The Aam Aadmi Party chief added that his government was the first state government to allot one-fourth of the budget to education and 14-18 percent to health and called the health scheme a "one-of-its-kind".
The Deputy Chief Minister and second in command Manish Sisodia was also present at the launch. Sisodia, also being the Finance Minister said that his ministry will ensure that there is no dearth of money for the scheme.
"Health services are so expensive today that if anyone suffers from a serious ailment, the biggest worry for the family is not the health of the patient, but where would the money come from," said the AAP Chief.
This was one of many initiatives started by the AAP government in order to improve the health care in the state. The Kejriwal government has already started several other healthcare initiatives such as Mohalla Clinic, ensured free medicines in government hospitals and has even allowed free medical tests at private diagnostic centres.