People living below poverty line to get free blood tests at BMC clinics

BMC standing committee approved ‘Aapli Chikitsa’ scheme for people 'Below Poverty Line'

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People who are below poverty line (BPL) will get free blood tests at BMC’s 170 dispensaries, 30 maternity and 17 Peripheral hospitals after the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee approved ‘Aapli Chikitsa’ scheme. The BMC has approved ₹16 crore for this scheme.

People above BPL will have to pay ₹50 rupees for 101 medical check-up services and ₹100 rupees for special medical check-ups. In the case of emergency, the reports for the same shall be provided in three hours. However, in regular cases, the report will be accessible after seven hours.

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Two years ago, the BMC decided to initiate the scheme for the poor and needy in order to reduce the number of patients from the major civic hospital including KEM and Bhabha. Now, the civic body is planning to strengthen local dispensaries and peripheral hospitals. 

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