Govt may partner with private sector to provide healthcare
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With the World Bank as the technical partner, Niti Aayog and the health ministry have proposed a public-private partnership model to provide diagnosis and treatment for three non-communicable diseases in three fields — cardiac sciences, oncology and pulmonary sciences — in non-metro cities. The proposal envisages each state identifying five to six facilities to test the viability of the model. Under PPP model, both problems of acquiring land and getting adequate footfall will be addressed. Some its features are:
- The centres would be run in district hospitals based in Tier 2 or 3 cities with at least 250 functional beds and an average daily OPD of 1,000 patients in the last two years.
- The hospitals must have enough vacant land within their premises for the PPP facility
- These facilities are expected to provide minimum screening, diagnostic and treatment procedures or services for cardiology, oncology and pulmonology
- There will be two kinds of patients — self-paying ones and those paid for by the government under various schemes — but both would pay the same rates. The rates would be those fixed for a state health insurance scheme or the central government health scheme.
- Complicated cases the PPP facilities can't deal with would be referred to government tertiary hospitals or medical colleges or to private hospitals empanelled under government health insurance schemes
The Niti Aayog wrote to all chief secretaries last month seeking the states' comments on the draft model concessionaire agreement and guidelines prepared with the help of the World Bank and other stakeholders...
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