The Delhi Government has winched the healthcare industry with the launch of Aam Aadmi Health Card, which has now been renamed as Mukhya Mantri Health Card. The Planned proposal gets a green signal for the upliftment of the healthcare situation for the permanent residents of Delhi.
The overall implementation of the scheme is under the consideration of the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) who is giving out an Expression of Interest (EOI) which shows favorable output for the public.
With the Scheme, the Government has also embraced the Digital India Movement by issuing E-Health cards which shall keep a track of the health of the people electronically. These e-records will comprise of all the details and will substantiate the patients medical history, prescribed medicines and current treatments.
Keeping in lieu the expectations of the population, the Government will provide health cards to all residents of the capital including all senior citizens as well as new born babies, enabling them to benefit free medical services. All the state run healthcare institutions like Government hospitals, poly clinics, mohalla clinics and even government owned diagnostic centers and those running on public private partnerships will let people avail their free services.
The centralised web-based application will enable to maintain their health accounts in a standard form which shall help in ongoing procedures of the patients as it avoids misleading information. This shall eliminate overlapping and help in proper regulation of healthcare services for the State.
The Health Card issued under the scheme shall eliminate the problem of ambiguity as the patients often take advices of numerous doctors. This centralised web application shall diagnose the right and a unified treatment for the citizens. This scheme seeks to benefit around 1.8 crore people of the State. It will be introduced by the end of this year.
The launch of Mukhya Mantri Health Card seems to bring an upthrust to permanent citizens of Delhi and will likely to be a game changer by the following means:
- The prospective cardholder shall no longer have to stand in long queues for its registration. Only Aadhar card is mandatory.
- This scheme aims at providing expensive diagnosis like radiological tests and surgeries at free of cost in government hospitals or even private ones.
- This scheme covers 52 specified surgeries for free, even at private hospitals in Delhi-NCR.
- 24 specified government hospitals are open to this scheme and include major surgeries for cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, cataract surgeries and 17 other types of kidney operations.
- All residents will be given health cards which would permit them approximately 35 free medical tests in the Government hospitals.
- The district government hospitals will provide health vans in areas so that people can get various blood tests and regular health checkups done under the guidance of government doctor and specialists.
Despite being a metropolitan city, Delhi still lacks basic amenities including healthcare benefits. But, this initiative can change the face of the capital by providing a health cover, facility of numerous surgeries and other healthcare benefits to the people.
(Disclaimer: The writer is Dr Saarthak Bakshi, CEO at International Fertility Centre. The views expressed are personal opinion.)