No pay for VIPs' treatment abroad
The Public Health Bill with a provision to not provide medical expense to anyone who receives treatment abroad presented in the House of Representatives last week may discourage the leaders and former ministers, prime ministers and presidents from flying overseas for medical treatment. With the approval of the Bill in the Lower House, the State will not pay the medical bills of the leaders who get treatment overseas. The Bill was prepared by the Education and Health Committee of the Federal Parliament following a clause-wise discussion it. The Bill was formulated to implement the fundamental rights of the Constitution. According to the Bill, one who will receive his/her treatment abroad will not get medical expense from the government. Adding three clauses to the Bill after Clause 28, such provision has been inserted in the Bill. The additional clauses have provisions such as the government will not bear medical cost to those who get medical treatment abroad, instead an extended medical service could be offered within the country and the medical doctors working at the government hospitals would not allowed to work elsewhere. “Person who will receive treatment abroad will not be provided medical expense by the government despite whatever provisions the existing law has,” the Clause 29 of the Bill read. Furthermore, the Bill
proposed barring the medical doctors and health officials and staff at the government hospitals to work elsewhere. However, they can work at another health institution beyond the duty time of their government hospitals after taking permission from the government hospital. Similarly, the Bill has for the first time defined the relations between doctors and patients. The Bill also guaranteed the basic health service free of cost. Likewise, the Bill has amended the provisions relating to the emergency health fund. According to the provisions, poor, vulnerable, homeless people, family members of the movements and political struggles, injured in those movements, physically challenged persons; conflict victims and so on will get treatment expense from the fund.