Punjab will soon adopt the Clinical Establishments Act aimed at checking unfair practice against patients and bringing in more transparency in medical treatment. Announcing this, the state Health Minister Brahm Mohindra also launched ‘Punjab Kidney Foundation’ — a kidney support group and a dedicated Kidney Helpline at Ivy Hospital, Mohali. Mohindra said that the Act would be doctors’ friendly and the State Government, before putting it into force, would consult all stakeholders including in corporate, small and big players in private health sector too. Punjab Government’s prime concern is to ensure quality health facilities to the people of the state and Act would help the people in getting all relevant information before getting the treatment, he said.
“We are also going to launch universal health policy in the state under which 43 lakh people of the state would get Rs five lakh health insurance. It would bring healthcare within the reach of every needy person in the state,” he said. ‘Punjab Kidney Foundation’ is a support group where registered members will meet every two months. In this forum, the members will be empowered with knowledge through awareness program about disease, treatment modalities, diet and lifestyle management etc, thus, will resolve their common queries like — what options do they have, who can donate kidney, what should be the frequency of dialysis, and dietary advice etc. – Daily Pioneer