IMA to open fair price drug stores
It will also identify surgical centres where various types of surgeries can be done at a reasonable price
To provide affordable and accessible quality healthcare to patients across the country, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to open fair price shops for drugs and identify surgical centres where surgeries can be done at reasonable prices.
Speaking to media persons on the occasion of installation of the new team of office bearers of IMA, Haryana branch here last week, IMA national general secretary, Dr KK Aggarwal, said it is IMA’s resolve to provide medicines at affordable prices and also to tie up with various hospitals/nursing homes across the country that will charge very reasonably for various kinds of surgeries.
“We have already made an ar r ang e ment with Rural Surgical Centre, Delhi where one can get any surgery done for Rs 12,500. Talks are on with Medanta Medicity, Gurgaon management for undertaking free of cost heart surgery in the girl child with a congenital cardiac disorder,” he said.
As for IMA’s participation in the ongoing Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Dr Aggarwal said it has been decided that all the 1,700 IMA units across the state will undertake the responsibility of the maintenance of one toilet each in their area and also adopt some villages for their upkeep. Each branch will have a team of nine doctors who will educate the people in their areas on cleanliness and personal hygiene, he added.
Dr Aggarwal said IMA is making efforts to reduce the treatment cost by at least 40 per cent to make it affordable. The companies providing health insurance cover are also being convinced to waive off the condition of minimum 24-hour hospitalisation to pass an insurance claim, which is also an unnecessary burden on the insurance companies, he added.
To tide over the crisis of availability of qualified doctors in rural areas, Dr Aggarwal said the government should identify such places and compensate the doctors with higher salaries and better amenities.
Dr Aggarwal also mooted the concept of Cure in India by pro- viding holistic treatment of diseases with the help of various systems of medicines available in India and yoga that would boost medical tourism.
Speaking at the installation ceremony, newly-elected president of IMA Haryana, Dr Anil Goyal said the state unit is committed to the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign and if any doctor belonging to IMA is found to be indulging in sex determination in the state, their IMA membership will be cancelled. The newly elected state team comprising vice presidents Dr AK Aggarwal, Dr Manish Prabhakar, secretary Dr SB Bhattacharya and finance secretary Dr BK Sharma were also installed before the gathering of over 300 doctors from across the state.
Dr NK Pandey, director PNDT, Haryana Dr Parveen Garg and Dr Ved Beniwal were nominated patrons of IMA Haryana.
Dr Suresh Arora, chairman, legal cell; Dr Joginder Dhankar, chairman, disciplinary committee; Dr DK Arora, chairman, sports committee; Dr RC Arora, chairman, finance committee; Dr Maninder Ahuja, chairperson, women cell; Dr Suresh Chandra, editor, Haryana medical journal; Dr Narinder Taneja, chairman, IMA AMS, Dr RL Garg, chairman, IMA CGP; Dr PS Ahuja, secretary, IMA CGP were also present on the occasion.
Dr KK Aggarwal, said it is IMA’s resolve to provide medicines at affordable prices.