The Kerala government made a proposal on Thursday, to bear all the medical expenses of road accident victims for the first 48 hours.In an appreciable move, the government has decided that it will pay for the emergency care expenses incurred by a hospital for an accident victim for the first 48 hours, which would be recouped from insurance companies later.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that economic discrimination in emergency care must be ended. pic.twitter.com/vHnpxZftQM
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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, decided this at a high-level meeting that he chaired on Thursday.The meeting was called after a few cases when patients who got injured in road accidents were not given proper treatment by both the state and privately-run hospitals.
The details and operational part of the scheme will be revealed after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan holds discussions with insurance companies, which includes specific directions that not a single rupee should be collected from the patient or their relatives, an official release said here.
It was decided to arrange trauma care facilities in all government medical college hospitals, district hospitals, taluk hospitals, and major private sector hospitals.
“Treatment should not be denied to any accident victim, brought to hospitals. The practice of providing treatment based on the financial capacity of victims should end,” Vijayan said.
A dedicated ambulance service, with the latest facilities, which will be coordinated through a centralized call center to manage all information in this regard will also be launched to transport victims to the hospitals without any delay.
A separate software would be developed to ensure the availability of ambulance and to choose the nearby hospitals.If the accident victim is being taken care of in a private hospital, the cost of immediate emergency care will be met by the government from the Road Safety Fund.
The Indian Feed would love to applaud the Kerala government for this initiative and would wish that all the other state governments adapt this as well.