The Hush Post|13:30 pm|1-min-read
Some good news for the parents-to-be. The Gynaecology Department of PGI, Chandigarh will charge no money for the deliveries and it will be free of cost. In fact, treatment for babies up to the age of 1 year will also not be chargeable. The private hospitals charge almost Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000 for Cesarean sections but, PGI which used to charge Rs 1,000 excluding food will now give this facility free of cost.
The Medical Superintendent, PGI, Professor AK Gupta, said, “Since the government has been providing this service in all its district hospitals free of cost, charging from the patients will sound unreasonable. He said, “We thought that in a tertiary care hospital which is an institution of national importance, under the act of Parliament, charging for a service which is free in all district hospitals shall be not justifiable.”
An average of 490 complex deliveries take place in a month in PGI. “All these deliveries are complicated and therefore unlike the district hospital, volumes are restricted. So
exempting the cost of the delivery and other hospital charges can be borne by the institution,” said a senior faculty member.
However, there is a major drawback also, as the government hospital has limited resources. According to a doctor in the Government Multi-Specialty, Hospital, Sector 16, “There is lack of beds and other infrastructure. But since it is free, two patients have to be adjusted in a bed. This is not the way to implement such policies.”