The prices of implants used for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and other surgeries at the department of orthopaedics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), will be capped in a week’s time, a senior administration officer has confirmed.
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 30,000-40,000.
Hindustan Times two days ago had highlighted the issue as how doctors at the department are directly referring patients to private suppliers for buying implants.
A Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) administration officer said, “The administration has been told that the ortho implants, which are provided at Rs 1.5 lakh by distributors (for a total knee replacement), can be provided at Rs 65,000. The rates will be decided by a committee headed by Dr KLN Rao, head, paediatric surgery, which was constituted 10 days ago to regulate the prices of ortho implants.”
“Just like the rates of stents were regulated by the PGIMER last year, the prices of ortho implants used in total knee replacement, total hip replacement and other surgeries will be regulated by the committee,” said another officer from PGIMER administration.
He said, “The way we banned the free movement of company representative in the advanced cardiac centre, no company representative will be allowed to roam around and sell implants in the department.”
The institute officer said the entire sale and purchase of ortho implants will be done from one point inside the building.
“It has not been decided whether it will be through the Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlet,” he said.
The AMRIT outlet was inaugurated by Union health minister JP Nadda to provide ortho implants and drugs at reasonable rates. But the outlet never provided the implants.
“Doctors never referred patients to us, so we had to return the stock after a month. We could have provided the implants at Rs 60,000-70,000 for total knee replacement surgery,” said an official from AMRIT.