People, who are not the original inhabitants of West Bengal, wont be able to avail free medical treatment at State-run hospitals now onwards. As per the latest decision by the Bengal Government, the State run hospitals will now extend the facility of free treatment only to the original residents.
While speaking at the 6th convention of West Bengal University of Health Sciences, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that due to financial constrain, Trinamool Congress government wont provide free of cost treatment to outsiders including people from other states and countries.
Free treatment at state-run hospitals is unique in Bengal. But we have noticed that people from some neighbouring states and even some neighbouring countries are coming here and trying to avail the benefits. But considering the financial constraints of the state government, it will no more be possible to provide free treatment to patients coming from other states or countries, Mamata said on Thursday.
Banerjee, who also holds the health portfolio, said that State Government will provide a special card to the resident of West Bengal with which they will get free treatment at hospitals.
The Chief Minister clarified that denial of free treatment to outsiders doesnt mean that outsider wont be treated by State-run hospitals. They will be charged for the treatment.
As per the reports, around 20 per cent people who get free treatment at State-run hospitals were mostly resident of Bihar, Jharkhand, Western UP, Bangladesh and Nepal.
In contrary to the latest announcement, in 2015, the Bengal Government had made an announcement that five state-run hospitals will provide free treatment to the citizens irrespective of their domicile.