New tariff for treatment in Thane Municipal hospitals became a headache for thanekars, as many of them cannot afford much money for their treatment.
Since September 1, the municipal administration has announced a new tariff for testing, treatment and surgery. The rates for checkups and treatment have been increased from Rs 5 to Rs 100.
The municipal administration is spending billions of crores for providing health and quality facilities to the citizens of the city. Many poor patients receive treatment in these hospitals every month. So far, some services, checks and surgeries were offered free of cost. But the new tariff has resulted into increase in the treatment charges.
Citizens have started complaining about the increase in rates of Thane Municipal hospitals ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 100 for malaria, jaundice, tuberculosis, pregnancy check, blood examination, urine inspection, auspicious inspection and red cell examination.
These new tariffs have been introduced in the Thane Municipal hospitals, but the sudden increase in the cost has led to confusions between the patients and employees.
“The municipal hospital had a tariff in accordance with the decision of 2005. Since then, the situation has changed and the new tariff has been implemented as per 2015 government decision. Although this new tariff has increased the rates of some checks, some have reduced rates. Although many complicated surgical procedures have increased, they are as much as the rate fixed by the government.”
– Rajiv Korde, Medical Superintendent.
Malaria tests were being done free of cost till now, but from now, patients will have to pay 30 rupees. If a person is injured, then he will have to pay each time a fee of 10 rupees for dressing.
Apart from this, various blood tests have increased by 10-15 rupees. The charge for dengue is now increased to 125 rupees. There has also been a significant increase in surgery rates. Earlier surgery cost around 500 to 700 rupees but from now the patients will have to pay four to five thousand rupees for surgery.