The Delhi Government has said on Tuesday that they would provide free MRI and CT scan in private labs for the poor. This is applicable to the bonafide residents of the capital whose annual income is less than Rs.3 Lakhs per annum. Now, what are the financial implications? How did Government of India decide on such a move? The health minister, Mr. Satyendar Jain said that the money saved from the timely construction of flyovers would be used to fund the scheme.
Also, there is a huge delay in the CT scan and MRI scan process. It is said that people have to wait for one or two years to complete the process in Delhi. There are complaints that patients are told to wait until 2019 for an MRI or CT scan.
This scheme is under the guidance of Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to Mr. Kejriwal, over Rs.350 crores have been saved by building flyovers in Delhi at much below the sanctioned budget.The major reason to invest on private labs was due to the long due in conducting the scans. Not only that, a private-public partnership model is also to be designed to bring in more machines at Government hospitals. This is again a long process.
The Government has identified 7 private MRI scan centers accredited by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers. Also, 10 authorized Government hospitals can refer the patients to these private labs.
The Government hospitals authorized to refer patients for free are:
- GB Pant
- Lok Nayak
- Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital
- Deen Dayal Upadhyay
- Dr Baba Saheb Aambedkar
- Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital
- Janakpuri Super Specialty
- Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences
- Delhi State Cancer Institute
- Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya hospitals
This initiative will definitely help in reducing the long wait and load of MRI and CT scans in the hospitals.