The patients admitted to government hospitals will have to pay Rs. 300 for one unit of blood, while in private hospitals the per unit of blood price will be Rs. 750, according to health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, who on Wednesday rolled back the hike in the rate of blood units.
In a press statement, Jyani said the decision had been taken following a meeting with the senior officials of the health and family welfare department.
Jyani said that earlier Rs. 500 was fixed per unit of blood for the patients admitted to the government hospitals and Rs. 1,450 for patients admitted to private hospitals. He said that seeing the demand of blood in hospitals these rates had been again revised in public interest.
The minister said the Punjab government is providing free generic essential drugs to all patients in all government hospitals across the state. He also gave strict instructions to all doctors to prescribe free medicines available at government drug stores to the patients.
He said that doctors should not unnecessarily harass people by prescribing medicines which were not available free at government hospitals. He said free drugs were being supplied to the hospitals as per their demand from the regional drug warehouses established in Majha, Malwa and Doaba regions. All details regarding supply and purchase of drugs are being maintained online through a specialised software.
Jyani said free medicines were available at all district hospitals, special hospitals, sub- divisional hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres and sub-centres. Apart from this these medicines are also available at subsidiary health centres (rural dispensaries) managed by the department of rural development and panchayat through zila parishads.