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Vishwajit firm on charging non-Goans at GMC from Dec

Vishwajit firm on charging non-Goans at GMC from Dec

14 Nov 2017 No comment 14 hits

PANAJI: Reiterating that he is firm on his decision of charging non-Goan patients for medical services at the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim from December 1, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that he will not bow down to any kind of pressure from neighboring states, which are demanding not to implement the decision.

When pointed out that some political leaders from Maharashtra are demanding to exempt people from Sindhudurg district who have been availing healthcare benefits in GMC, Rane said, “I am a minister of the state of Goa, not of Maharashtra and the decision has been taken in the interest of Goans. If they (Maharashtra) want its people to be exempted from paying fees, then they should introduce their own scheme like Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana and open a counter in GMC to facilitate their people.”

The minister also said that the committee is yet to submit its final report, adding the government is firm on the decision to implement the proposal from December 1.

“The committee will submit its final report in a week’s time. Then I will take a decision on rate card,” he said, clarifying that it will be 30 per cent of the rate applicable for intervention under DDSSY.

Stating that fees will not be charged for emergency services, the Health Minister said that exempting poor patients from these charges would be decided by the committee consisting of the director of health services, GMC Dean, medical superintendent and head of the departments.

Source: Vishwajit firm on charging non-Goans at GMC from Dec

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