The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be starting dialysis centres on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. To begin with, two dialysis centres will be set up, one in Andheri near Millat Nagar and another one in Mulund.
The civic body is floating two models, one is a charitable model and in the other model the trusts charges the patient on a no loss no profit basis.
“We are trying to work out a model on which these centres can be developed. Depending on the response we get we will decide whether more such centres should be planned,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.
The cash-strapped BMC is using the PPP model so that no projects are stuck and new facilities can be given to the city. “These centres will be spread across an area of 1,500 sq ft. We will just provide the land the centres will be set up by the private trusts,” said G.T. Ambe, Executive Health Officer.
“We are not going to invest anything.”
Currently, there are no dialysis centres run by the civic body.
Of the 1.5-lakh new patients who suffer from end-stage renal failure annually, only 3,500-get kidney transplants and 6,000 undergo dialysis.
The first hospital under the PPP model is the Seven hills in Andheri will be ready by 2011. The patients should be charged according to the rates in the civic hospitals.
“Once these three projects are ready and started, depending on the feedback we can fine tune the policy and use it to give more cost effective facilities to the citizens,” added Mhaiskar.