In a welcome move, the Delhi government will now bear the expenses of treatment of road accident victims, victims of burns, and acid attacks in private hospitals.
The aim is to weed out the problems of private hospitals which, allegedly, are turning victims to government hospitals over payment issues.
According to Hindustan Times, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that their aim is to save as many lives as possible. Since precious hours are lost in commuting the patient to government hospitals, this decision will help save lives.
This will be implemented in the next two days and around 230 private hospitals have been selected which have more than 20 intensive care units, beds, and equipment to deal with emergency cases like road accidents and acid attacks.
Most of the time, the private hospitals don’t admit road accident victims or send them to government hospitals as they are not sure about the payments. The government will also frame bills for emergency surgeries, aid, and a two-week hospital stay in an economic budget category. The benefit could be extended if the patient has to stay for longer period.
The area of accident or attack under purview is New Delhi.
Private hospitals will also provide the details of all the burns and acid attack victims within 12 hours of admitting them; all papers. including medico-legal documents. should be submitted to the government to avail free treatment.
Nearly 150,000 people die in road accidents every day in India. The first hour is known as the ‘golden hour’ of such an emergency, which is critical for the patient. This move is really appreciative as it will help save many lives.
The Logical Indian community appreciates the move by the Delhi government. It will go a long way into safeguarding accident victims. We hope that the move is adopted by other governments across the country so that more people could be benefited.