STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Subsidise expenditure on emergencies at private hospitals: Indian Medical Association

IMA president said a new body called the 'IMA Medical Redressal Commission' will be constituted at the state level to engage in social, financial, and quality audits of healthcare

Published: 11th December 2017 05:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2017 05:20 PM   |  A+A-

Image for representational purpose only

By IANS

NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday urged the government to subsidise the cost of treatment in emergency cases in private hospitals and ensure a strong mechanism for reimbursements.

"(Handling medical) emergency cases is the responsibility of the state governments. The government should subsidise cost borne on all such emergencies in the private sector and create a mechanism for reimbursements," IMA President K.K. Aggarwal told the media here.

He said a new body called the 'IMA Medical Redressal Commission' will be constituted at the state level to engage in social, financial, and quality audits of healthcare (suo motu, or on demand).

"The commission will have a public man, an IMA office-bearer, one former state medical council representative, and two subject experts," said Aggarwal, adding that the commission shall consider every grievance in a time-bound manner. 

"An appeal to the state commission will be heard by the "IMA-headquartered Medical Redressal Commission" which will have the powers to take suo motu cases also," said the IMA official.

The IMA, a consortium of doctors across India, also demanded no compulsion from private hospital managements to make their doctors work vis-a-vis targets and prescribe the choice of drugs and devices. 

"The consultants should suggest devices to patients as per their affordability and not as per the management," said Aggarwal.

Aggarwal was speaking in the wake of medical negligence cases against Gurugram's Fortis and north Delhi's Max Super Specialty Hospital.

Pointing out that the doctor-patient trust was experiencing a downward spiral, the IMA chief said that people have started looking at medical professionals with suspicion.

Referring to the November 30 incident at Max hospital wherein a premature newborn was wrongly declared dead by doctors, Aggarwal said: "Errors happen by accident and are not intentional."

"It is also high time for medical professionals to introspect and come out with self-regulation procedures. From today onwards, all doctors in the country shall choose affordable drugs for prescription," he said.

He said the IMA had recommended that all doctors prescribe drugs on the National List of Essential Medicines, wherever possible, and promote Jan Aushadhi kendras.
 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp