TREATMENT IS going to be costlier for patients in Lucknow. The KGMU and KGUDS have together decided to hike the cost of treatment and patient care facilities at the hospitals from July onwards. The proposed hike is between 25 to 50 per cent over the existing prices.
Maximum rise is in the area of treatment and test facilities available in the department of neurology. The hike in other departments is slightly less.
While the dental university too has decided to hike the price of treatment and user charges, pregnant women coming to the Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMH) will also have shell out extra cash for delivery and other test facilities here.
Though the general ward would also cost more, the main burden would be more on the patients who opt for private wards.
The Invitro Fertilization Facility would now come for Rs 5000 instead of Rs 1000 for general ward patients, while private ward patients would pay Rs 25000 for the same. The laproscopic operation salpingectomy would now cost Rs 2000 instead of Rs 1000.
The bed charges at the Department of Cardiology will go up by Rs 200 for ICU and pacemaker checking would now cost Rs 268, which was earlier available only for Rs 68.
KGMU alone has 2200 beds while the dental university has 20 beds for its patients. This is more than any other government or private hospital in the city.
People come here for treatment as the varsity boasts of quite a number of doctors of repute. It also comes mighty cheap.
At the dental varsity, a simple root canal treatment would cost Rs 200 instead of Rs 100 while reimplantation would cost Rs 600 (earlier Rs 400). Interestingly, the dental university proposes to revise all the charges every two year owing to the increase in the cost of material.
A blue print for the hike has been prepared and only the formal approval of the Hospital Board of Management is awaited. The board is going to hold it’s meeting on June 30. Once the board approves, the hike will come into effect.