In order to provide cheaper and faster treatment to patients, the government has outsourced diagnostic facilities to a private company, HLL Life Care, for primary health centres, rural and district hospitals. For patients, this will help in approaching government hospitals for routine tests.Test of around 44 ailments will be conducted under this scheme.
The government has asked HLL Life Care to submit the reports of blood tests, urine tests and for common ailments within a day to the hospitals. While the tests will be free of cost for patients, the state will pay Rs 70 per test to the company. “So far, this service has started in 15 districts,” said Dr Satish Pawar, director of Directorate of Health Services. The project has missed its deadline of 15 May. Of the 200 laboratories expected to be set up after certification from the National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Healthcare providers (NABH), 25 have been started so far.
10% of these require further investigation through tests. So far, patients were forced to visit private clinics to undergo tests due to the long waiting period or lack of technicians in state hospitals. The facility will benefit patients in 1,181 primary health centres and 485 rural and district hospitals.