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Delhi scheme for quality healthcare cleared: Here is all you need to know

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

delhi Updated: Jan 17, 2018 14:33 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The Delhi government has tied up with hospitals, where patients can be referred if their surgery is scheduled after one month or more at its hospitals.(REUTERS FILE)

Lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday approved the ‘Quality Healthcare for All’ scheme. Under this scheme, the Delhi government will ensure that patients coming to its hospitals receive 13 high-end diagnostic tests for free at selected private centres.

Most of these tests are not provided at the Delhi government hospitals. To shorten the queues for surgeries at its hospitals, the government has also tied up with hospitals, where patients can be referred if their surgery is scheduled after one month or more at its hospitals.

Here is all you need to know about the scheme:

* Is there any criteria to avail the scheme?

You have to be a resident of Delhi to avail this scheme.

You have to be referred from one of the 32 Delhi government hospitals for the surgery and one of the 32 hospitals or 25 polyclinics for the diagnostic scheme.

For this scheme, the government has decided not to have any income criteria. Anyone coming to Delhi government hospitals, who needs to avail the scheme can.

In fact, the tussle of the government with the L-G was over this issue. The L-G had asked the government to consider having an income criteria, the government had replied, saying that it will have to spend more time and money to check whether a person qualifies for the scheme.

The Delhi Arogya Kosh, a corpus that will now be funding these schemes, is used to provide financial help to only those earning less than Rs 3 lakhs a year. This income-criteria has now been modified for the surgery and diagnostics scheme.

* What documents are required?

You have to present a residence proof to avail the benefits of the scheme.

Proof of residence includes: Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Driving Licence, Passport, Extract from electoral roll, National Food Security Card (for the head of the family), and birth certificate for children under the age of five.

Besides this, you will have to produce a referral from the hospital or polyclinic.

* Is the programme already running?

Yes. It started in March, 2017. More than 12,000 people have benefitted from the scheme between March and December 2017.

To explain the need for the scheme, the AAP government in its release had said, “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 private sector are so expensive that the biggest worry for a family is not the health of the patient but where the money would come from.”

List of surgeries to be done at private centres:

1. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Minimally invasive gall bladder removal
2. Thyroid surgery: Surgery performed to treat nodules and cancer of thyroid and hyperthyroidism (8 types)
3. Haemorrhoidectomy: Surgery to remove haemorrhoids, swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus
4. Stapled Haemorrhoidectomy: Procedure to remove abnormally enlarged hemorrhoidal tissue and repositioning the remaining hemorrhoidal tissue back to its normal position
5. Haemorrhoidectomy + Fissurectomy: Surgery to remove haemorrhoids along with repair of a tear in the lining of the anus
6. Fissurectomy: Surgery to repair a tear in the lining of the anus
7. Fistula High End: Surgery to repair abnormal connection between organs above the anorectal ring, muscular structure between anus and rectum
8. Fistula Low End: Surgery to repair abnormal connection between organs below the anorectal ring, muscular structure between anus and rectum
9. Appendectomy (Laparoscopic): Surgery to remove the appendix
10. Excision of Pilonidal Sinus With Flap Cover: Surgery to remove an abnormal skin growth at the tailbone that contains hair and skin and covering the area with a skin flap
11. Excision of Pilonidal Sinus with Primary Closure: Surgery to remove an abnormal skin growth at the tailbone that contains hair and skin and suturing the wound
12. Thyroidectomy (Total/Subtotal): Surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland
13. Breast Lumpectomy: Surgery to remove cancerous lumps from the breast

14. Cataract with IOL with Tension Rings: Cataract removal surgery
15. Mastoidectomy: Surgery to remove diseased cells of mastoid bone in inner ear
16. Tonsillectomy: Surgery to remove tonsils
17. Tympanoplasty: Surgery to repair eardrum
18. Septoplasty: Surgery to correct deviated septum, the cartilage diving the two nostrils
19. Nasal Polyps/Sinusitis (Fess) – Bilateral: Surgery to remove non-cancerous growth inside the nose
20. Nasal Surgery (3 types)
21. Cortical Mastoidectomy with Myringoplasty: Surgery to remove mastoid cells without affecting the middle ear along with closure of perforation in eardrums
22. Peritonsillar Abscess Drainage: Surgery to drain pus near the tonsils
23. Septoplasty + Turbinoplasty/Conchaplasty: Surgery to correct deviated septum along with reduction of turbinate bone that protrudes into the breathing passage
24. Myringotomy with Grommet Insertion: Surgery to insert a small tube in the eardrum to drain a thick sticky fluid from behind the eardrum
25. CABG: Heart bypass
26. PCNL-Unilateral: Minimally-invasive procedure to remove stones from the kidney by a small puncture wound through the skin
27. PCNL-Bilateral: Minimally-invasive procedure to remove stones from the kidney by a small puncture wound through the skin
28. Cystoscopy (therapeutic): A scope inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to check its insides
29. Prostate (TURP): Surgery used to treat urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate (2 types)
30. Kidney and Kidney stone removal (17 types)
31. Piles Surgery (9 types)

List of tests:

1. MRI with contrast
2. MRI without contrast
3. CT scan with contrast
4. CT scan without contrast
5. PET CT scan
6. Radio-Neucleotide scan
7. Ultrasound
8. Colour Doppler
9. Mammography
10.ECHO
11.TMT
12.EEG
13.EMG

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 14:33 IST