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Delhi L-G nod to AAP’s ‘health for all’, income criterion not included

The scheme, ‘Quality Healthcare for All’, had a soft launch last year. According to the government, more than 12,000 people benefitted from it between March and December 2017.

delhi Updated: Jan 17, 2018 12:17 IST
Anonna Dutt
Anonna Dutt
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Lieutenant-Governor,Anil Baijal,Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at an event.(PTI Photo)

New Delhi Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday approved the state government’s flagship healthcare project that will provide high-end diagnostic tests and surgeries for free at private centres and hospitals.

The scheme, ‘Quality Healthcare for All’, had a soft launch last year. According to the government, more than 12,000 people benefitted from it between March and December 2017.

But the future of the scheme, which would have been suspended if it had not got Baijal’s nod, had been in doubt because the L-G had suggested only families that earned below a particular income bracket should be covered by the scheme. The Aam Aadmi Party government had replied that such a clause would make the scheme unworkable. It would mean the government would have to waste time and money checking whether applicants were qualified to avail benefits.

“Hon’ble @LtGovDelhi approves “Quality Health for all” scheme without income criteria. Thank u so much sir,” tweeted Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, soon after the L-G agreed to approve the plan without the income criteria.

It seeks to provide patients free-of-cost, specified, diagnostic tests and surgeries at private hospitals, in case of delay in government facilities. Here is the list of surgeries and diagnostic centres:
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Gall bladder removal
Thyroid surgery: To treat nodules and cancer of thyroid (8 types)
Haemorrhoidectomy: Surgery to remove haemorrhoids
Stapled Haemorrhoidectomy: Procedure to remove abnormally enlarged hemorrhoidal tissue
Fissurectomy: To repair a tear in the lining of the anus
Fistula High End and Low End: To repair abnormal connection between organs above and below the anorectal ring
Appendectomy (Laparoscopic): Surgery to remove the appendix
Excision of Pilonidal Sinus With Flap Cover: Surgery to remove abnormal skin growth on tailbone
Thyroidectomy: Surgery to remove part or full thyroid gland
Breast Lumpectomy: Surgery to remove lumps from the breast
Cataract/IOL/Tension Rings: Cataract removal surgery
Mastoidectomy: Surgery to remove diseased cells in inner ear
Tonsillectomy: To remove tonsils
Tympanoplasty: To repair eardrum
Septoplasty: To correct deviated septum
Nasal Polyps/Sinusitis (Fess) – Bilateral: To remove non-cancerous growth inside the nose
Nasal Surgery (3 types)
Cortical Mastoidectomy with Myringoplasty: To remove mastoid cells without affecting the middle ear
Peritonsillar Abscess Drainage: Surgery to drain pus near the tonsils
Septoplasty + Turbinoplasty/Conchaplasty: To correct deviated septum along with reduction of turbinate bone
Myringotomy with Grommet Insertion: To drain a thick sticky fluid from behind the eardrum
CABG: Heart bypass
PCNL–Unilateral/Bilateral: To remove stones from the kidney by a small puncture wound
Prostate (TURP): To treat urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate (2 types)
Kidney/Kidney stone removal (17 types)
Piles Surgery (9 types)
1. Dr SS Doda Ultrasound Centre, Pusa Road
2. Dr Gulati Imaging Institute, Hauz Khas Enclave
3. Dr ML Aggarwal Imaging Centre, Safdarjung Enclave
4. Focus Imaging and Research Centre, Green Park Extension
5. Focus Imaging and Research Centre, Green Park
6. Mahajan Imaging Centre, Hauz Khas Enclave
7. C 15 MRI Diagnostics and Research Ltd, Green Park
8. Nuclear Healthcare, New Friend’s Colony
9. Delhi Institute of Functional Imaging, South Extension
10. Ganesh Diagnostics and Imaging, Prashant Vihar
11. Ganesh Pathology Centre, Mangolpuri
12. Ganesh MRI Centre, Rohini Sector 8
13. Must and More healthcare Pvt Ltd, Rohini Sector 10
14. Saral Diagnostics, Pitampura
15. Capital X-Ray and Scan Clinic, Vikaspuri
16. Ganesh Diagnostics, Hari Nagar
17. National MRI, CT scan and diagnostic centre, West Punjabi Bagh
18. Dr Anand’s imaging centre, Preet Vihar
19. Clinical Diagnostic Centre, Karkardooma
20. Dr Savita Jain’s Arun Imaging Centre, Vivek Vihar
21. Ganesh Diagnostics, Yamuna Vihar
22. Platinum Imaging Centre, Dayanand Vihar
Note: Tomorrow we will carry the list of hospitals and free tests

‘Quality Healthcare for All’ lists 52 surgeries – including heart bypass, cataract, kidney stone removal -- for which patients can be referred from a Delhi government hospital to an empanelled private hospital if the wait time is a month or more.

The Delhi government has also tied up with 67 private centres to provide high-end diagnostics, such as MRI and PET-CT, that are not available at government hospitals.

“It is important to provide all facilities in government hospitals, but till this is done, patients with acute medical ailments cannot be left at the mercy of private hospitals. Health services in the private sector are so expensive that the biggest worry for a family is not the health of the patient but where the money will come from,” the government said in its release.

The L-G had also asked Delhi government to introduce income brackets for the 212 tests done at mohalla clinics in YEAR. The government had responded: ”All treatments, including medicines, tests and consultation is free for all patients coming to mohalla clinics, irrespective of income limits. Due to this, a large number of middle-class people are also visiting these centres.”

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 23:15 IST