By Our Reporter
The government is all set to enforce the provision of allocating 10 percent of the total beds in the government and private hospitals to the poor, underprivileged, aged citizens, single women and disabled and provide them treatment free of cost.
At a press meet at the Ministry of Health on Monday, Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa said the ministry has already issued a circular towards that end. Government and private hospitals are directed to strongly follow the provision from coming December 16.
The existing 10 percent free bed facility covers the medical counseling, lab fees, nursing fees, diagnostic services available in the respective hospitals and oxygen facility.
The services will be provided to the needy patients on the recommendations of the respective Village Development Committee or Municipality, the District Development Committee, the District Administration Office, the District Public Health Office; and the Bir Hospital and Ministry of Health(in case of capital). Needy patients can themselves fill up the form to claim the services. The form is free. The Ministry will monitor the implementation of the provision.
A facilitation unit led by the director of Department of Medical Services, the Ministry of Health, has been formed to monitor the enforcement of the provision. A complaint can be registered at the unit or the complaint management unit at the Ministry and its subordinate bodies (District Public Health Office, Regional Health Directorate), Department of Health Services if any hospital is found not bringing the provision into practice.
The guidelines relating to the establishment, operation and improvement of health institutes-2013 has incorporated the provision of allocating 10 per cent beds available in both government and private hospitals to the people belonging to the above mentioned categories.