Non-Goans to pay for med­i­cal treat­ment in GMC

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

For years, pa­tients from the Konkan belt in Ma­ha­rash­tra and Kar­war in Kar­tanaka used to be treated for free at the Goa Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal (GMC) and other state-run hospi­tals. But from De­cem­ber on­wards, the Goa govern­ment has de­cided to charge fees for con­sum­ables from pa­tients who do not have five year res­i­dency in Goa.

“We just can’t af­ford to give su­per spe­cial­ity treat­ments like an­gio­plasty and an­giog­ra­phy free of cost to non-Goans. Wait­ing pe­riod for treat­ment also go up due to large num­ber of pa­tients com­ing to Goa from Sawant­wadi and Kar­war, which causes lot of in­con­ve­nience to the na­tives,” health min­is­ter, Vish­wa­jit Rane said.

How­ever, Rane clar­i­fied that the med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dents and heads of de­part­ments would be given pow­ers to ex­empt the poor or the labour class from pay­ing for the treat­ment.

“In or­der to keep track of how many free treat­ment were given to pa­tients, such cases need to be reg­is­tered or noted with the depart­ment,” the min­is­ter said.

A panel has been given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­cide the fee struc­ture by Oc­to­ber 25.

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