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No hasty decision in health reforms: Delhi minister

Delhi,Health/Medicine,Politics, Sun, 19 Jan 2014 IANS

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The Delhi government will not take any hasty decision in health reforms in the city and will study all subsidy models for implementation to make treatment affordable for the poor, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said Sunday.

Cost of medical treatment today has increased so much that poor people are not able to afford it, he said.

"Cost of treatment today is very high and it has become immensely difficult for the common man to afford it. So we have to think about ways and means to make it affordable," Jain said on the occasion of 108th birth anniversary of Dharma Vira, the first chairperson of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Trust.

"Our agenda is to improve health care facilities in government hospitals. I have visited 21 hospitals till now and one of the areas of our immediate focus will be the cleanliness of hospitals," he said.

"We will reform the health care system of Delhi in the same existing budget drafted by the previous government, but let me tell you that we will not take any hasty decision."

D.S. Rana, chairman of the hospital board of management, said the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital was trying to provide quality, affordable health care to all sections of the society.

Appreciating the cross-subsidy model of the hospital, where rich people pay for treatment of the poor, Jain said the Delhi government will study the entire model and will definitely implement it if found really beneficial.

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