February 12, 2019
Dr Santanu Sen speaks on the irrational package rate in Ayushmaan Bharat scheme
Thank you Sir, for giving me this opportunity to speak. Sir, as we are seeing that Hon’ble Prime Minister is sending cards regarding Ayushmaan Bharat though there are significant budgetary contributions from the States as well. Also, there are so many fallacies in that particular proposed scheme and one of them is irrational package rate.
Sir, you must admit that different patients suffering from the same disease might not present with the same manifestation. This is because of the associated complications and the associated other co-morbid factors. But if you fix a particular rate for a particular disease, then what will happen? Sir, the same patient who is suffering from a particular disease with associated morbidities, when he or she will be going to a particular hospital, the doctor of that particular hospital will be refusing patients because they will understand that will not get the extra amount of money.
So, indirectly again it will be worsening the doctor-patient relationship and the incidents of violence which are taking place everywhere will be increasing. So, the Government must give due importance to this particular factor before fixing up this package rate, Sir.