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AMRIT to provide cheapest orthopaedic implants in PGIMER

Last month, Hindustan Times had highlighted the issue as how doctors at the orthopaedics department are directly referring patients to private suppliers for buying orthopaedic implants instead of AMRIT outlet, where these were available at cheaper rates. 

punjab Updated: Apr 02, 2017 21:13 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
The administration has also restricted orthopaedicians from interacting with private distributors. 
The administration has also restricted orthopaedicians from interacting with private distributors. (HT File Photo)

Orthopaedic implants will be provided at affordable prices at the Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlet in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in two weeks. It was decided during a meeting among the PGIMR administration, committee members, doctors from the orthopaedics department and the AMRIT representative on Saturday. 

The administration has also restricted orthopaedicians from interacting with private distributors. 

“The ortho implants, which are provided at Rs 1.5 – Rs 2 lakh by distributors for a total knee replacement, can be provided at Rs 60-Rs 65,000. Cost of other implants will also dip,” said an official from AMRIT outlet. 

Last month, Hindustan Times had highlighted the issue as how doctors at the orthopaedics department are directly referring patients to private suppliers for buying orthopaedic implants instead of AMRIT outlet, where these were available at cheaper rates. 

Following this, a five-member-committee chaired by Dr KLN Rao was constituted around 10 days ago to look into the matter. 

“The orthopaedics department have agreed to coordinate with AMRIT. Like it was done in the Advanced Cardiac Centre, doctors are to give us a list of equipment in 3-4 days and it will be given to AMRIT, which will keep the entire stock,” said a committee member. 

“All supply will be coming from AMRIT only. The implants will be provided at cheapest rates. Right now, no rate has been decided but there will be heavy discount on implants,” he said. 

When asked if medical representatives will be allowed to deal with doctors he said, “That was the whole root cause of the problem. Doctors have been told that they will not be dealing with private distributors any more.” 

The prices of implants used for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and other trauma surgeries at the department of orthopaedics, PGIMER, will be reduced drastically. 

The decision will benefit hundreds of patients undergoing knee or hip replacement at the region’s premier healthcare facility, as the cost of a surgery is likely to come down by Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000. 

“In case the local distributors do not cooperate with AMRIT, then we can buy these implants from other states, as we have outlets in 136 places,” said AMRIT representative.

The AMRIT outlet was inaugurated by Union health minister JP Nadda to provide ortho implants and drugs at reasonable rates.