Delhi: L-G finally gives nod to Kejriwal's 'quality healthcare for all' plan

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Delhi: L-G finally gives nod to Kejriwal's 'quality healthcare for all' plan

This scheme had become a bone of contention between the two. Last week, L-G had proposed to include income criteria in the scheme for people to avail medical facilities.

Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal has approved "quality healthcare for all" scheme, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday.

This scheme had become a bone of contention between the two. Last week, L-G had proposed to include income criteria in the scheme for people to avail medical facilities.

This healthcare scheme was approved by the Cabinet on December 12 and file was sent to the L-G for approval.

Expressing his thanks to L-G, Kejriwal took to twitter and said, "Hon'ble L-G has approved "quality healthcare for all" scheme without income criteria. Thank u so much sir."

According to the Delhi government, under "quality healthcare for all", if any patient in any Delhi government hospital needs to get any diagnostic test done and if that hospital cannot do that test for whatever reasons, then the patient can get that test done at any of the 67 private labs/hospitals which have been empanelled for this purpose. The government will pay the costs to that particular private hospital or lab.

Under the scheme, every person, irrespective of his income, who goes to any Delhi government hospital for treatment shall be eligible, if he is a resident of Delhi.

The Delhi government has entered into agreements with several private laboratories and hospitals, which have agreed to charge either at CGHS rates or at fraction of CGHS rates.

Already, the CGHS rates are half of the normal rates.