- Standing Parliamentary Committee on Health submitted report to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu.
- Parliamentary committee said- Amidst growing cases of Kovid-19, there was shortage of beds in government hospitals.
- Private hospitals overcharged for lack of specific guidelines: report.
The country is struggling with the Corona crisis. Government health services are lacking to deal with Corona. Also, there is no clear guidelines from the government for private hospitals. Due to this, patients suffering from corona had to spend more money on treatment during the epidemic. Private hospitals charged more money to treat the patient. The parliamentary committee said this in its report on Saturday.
The parliamentary committee said that there was a shortage of beds in government hospitals amid rising cases of Kovid-19. At the same time, there was a lack of specific guidelines for the treatment of this epidemic, due to which private hospitals raised huge amounts of money. The committee emphasized that many deaths could have been avoided had there been any fix rates for private hospitals to treat corona.
Spending on health in the country is ‘very low’
Ram Gopal Yadav, Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Health, submitted the report of ‘Outbreak of Kovid-19 epidemic and its management’ to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. This is the first report of any parliamentary committee on dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic by the government. The committee said that in a country with a population of 1.3 billion, spending on health is ‘extremely low’ and the fragility of the Indian health system was a major obstacle to effectively combat the epidemic.
Recommendation to increase investment in public health system
The report states that the committee therefore recommends the government to increase its investment in the public health system. The committee asked the government to make sustained efforts to achieve the national health policy targets of spending up to 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) within two years as the scheduled time of 2025 is still far away and public health up to that point Cannot be put at risk. In the National Health Policy 2017, government spending on healthcare has been set at 2.5 percent of GDP by 2025 which was 1.15 percent in 2017. The committee said that it was felt that the number of beds in government hospitals of the country was not sufficient in view of the increasing number of Kovid and non-Kovid patients.
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The report said that due to lack of specific guidelines for the treatment of Kovid in private hospitals, patients had to pay exorbitant fees. The committee emphasized that there is a need for better partnership between government and private hospitals in view of the lack of government health facilities and epidemics. The committee said that the doctors who laid down their lives in the fight against the epidemic should be recognized as martyrs and their families should be given adequate compensation.