New Delhi: Delhi government will study the ‘cross-subsidy’ model of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, in which rich pays for the treatment of poor, and then implement it in other hospitals, according to Health Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain.
Speaking at the 108th birth anniversary of Dharma Vira, the first chairperson of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Trust, here on Sunday, the health minister said, “Medical cost of treatment is today very high and difficult to afford by a common man. We have to think about ways and means to make it affordable.”
“I am impressed by the ‘cross-subsidy’ model of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in which rich pays for the treatment of poor. This model will be studied by Delhi Government and then implemented in other hospitals,” he said.
“Our agenda is to improve healthcare facilities in government hospitals. I have visited 21 hospitals till now. One of the areas of our immediate focus will be cleanliness. We will reform the healthcare system of Delhi in the same existing budget. But let me tell you that we will not take any hasty decisions,” said Jain.
The health minister further said, “Today, healthcare system is concentrating on Disease and not on Health. Only when a person falls ill, we pay attention. We should focus on prevention and for this I would recommend three Mantras given to me by Dr Abdul Kalam whom I met yesterday. These three mantras are high fibre diet, one-hour daily walk and ten minutes of meditation. I would request the doctors to prescribe these to all their patients.”
Dr D S Rana, chairman, board of management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), said, “Dharam Vira Ji had a dream and vision to build a hospital that should be affordable to all sections of the society. We are trying to fulfil his dream by providing quality healthcare to all sections of our society.”
Ashok Chandra, chairman, board of trustees, SGRH, said, “It was the thoughts of Shri Dharam Vira Ji to involve doctors in the day to day running of the hospital. Today it is paying rich dividends to the growth of the hospital.”
The health minister added, “Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has given so many things to the city of Delhi, most important of which is the quality and affordable healthcare.”