Ortho implants at PGI Chandigarh to be cheaper by 30% and more
PGIMER officials have confirmed that from June 10, new rates of ortho implants will be implemented. The new rates will be Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000 cheaper than the existing rates.punjab Updated: May 28, 2017 16:10 IST
Finally after much discussion and wait, ortho implants will be available at reasonable rates at the AMRIT outlet of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). The decision will benefit around 600 patients per month, with implants to go cheaper by Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000.
PGIMER officials have confirmed that from June 10, new rates of ortho implants will be implemented. The new rates will be Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000 cheaper than the existing rates.
“On an average, total knee replacement will cost Rs 65,000 as opposed to earlier cost of over Rs 1 lakh. Similarly, the cost of total hip replacement (cemented) will come down from Rs 70,000 to Rs 40,000, and that of uncemented replacement will come down from Rs 90,000 to Rs 60,000,” said a PGIMER official.
Around three months ago, HT had highlighted how patients end up paying more money to private distributors because doctors allegedly weren’t supporting AMRIT outlet.
After this, a committee chaired by Dr KLN Rao (head, pediatric surgery department) held several meetings with orthopaedists, owners of AMRIT outlet and private distributors. Earlier, it was decided that they will supply the instruments by May 1, then the deadline was extended to May 20.
This is the third deadline given to the AMRIT outlet to provide implants.
“After fixing the rates of cardiac stents, our focus was to check the rates of ortho implants. The institute has been thinking that a similar policy should be adopted for ortho implants, so that poor people visiting PGIMER can be benefitted,” said Amitabh Awasthi, deputy director, PGIMER.
“PGIMER has become the first institute to have taken an initiative like this,” he said. “From the last three months, the committee has been working and coordinating with eight-nine companies which manufacture ortho implants. We have convinced them to supply implants at lower rates.”
He said, “This is just the beginning.We are hopeful that the rates will further go down.”
Surgery Old rate New rate % decrease
Total knee replacement Over ₹1 lakh ₹65,000 65%
Total hip replacement (cemented) ₹70,000 ₹40,000 43%
Total hip replacement (uncemented) ₹90,000 ₹60,000 33%