Mumbai: Tata Memorial Centre, a specialist cancer treatment and research centre that records 67,000 cancer cases annually and receives an annual grant of Rs 170 crore from the union government, may soon become self-sustainable.
“It could happen over the next one-and-a-half years,” said Dr Rajendra Badwe, director, Tata Memorial Centre. “Currently, we have a deficit of Rs 30 crore. We are working on measures such as adding a surcharge to medicines for patients in the affording class. While patients would still pay way less than the MRP, it can cover the deficit.”
“But the government should continue to pay for research and education,” Dr Badwe said, adding that the institute earmarks more than Rs 100 crore for research. He was speaking at a conference held on Friday by Tata Memorial Centre on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.
Dr Badwe further said that self-sustainability of medical institutions was the way forward and perhaps a more efficient model than public-private partnerships, reports TOI.