No pay for VIPs' treat­ment abroad

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

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.

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