PATNA: Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) has initiated measures to make free health cover available to more poor patients under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna (ABY), an ambitious scheme of the central government.
Though launched on September 25, 2018, only a sizeable number of patients could benefit under the scheme at PMCH. After a series of meetings with doctors, nurses and health department officials in the last three days, the hospital administration on Thursday asked all the departments to register poor patients in their outpatient departments (OPDs) and initiate treatment.
PMCH superintendent Dr Bimal Karak said though only about 900 patients were registered under ABY in the last 15 months, the new arrangements would now increase the number of beneficiaries.
There were only two Ayushman Mitras (AMs) in PMCH. However, all the 14 health managers getting additional responsibility, the number of AMs has now gone up to 16,” Dr Karak added.
PMCH principal Dr V P Choudhary said every patient registered under ABY is entitled to get treatment, including clinical investigation, surgery and medicine.
“Four separate counters have been set up near the central emergency, general OPD covering several departments for registration under ABY,” said the principal, adding treatment facilities under the ABY are available in all the departments, such as medicine, surgery, eye, ENT, neurology, gynaecology, paediatrics, cancer and plastic surgery.
After the verification of entitlement of the beneficiaries at the entry point, that is OPD, the AMs will take up the job and line up further treatment,” Dr Choudhary said, adding that the nursing staff have also been briefed about the scheme.-Times Of India