Drop All User Charges on Blood Tests, X-rays And Other Diagnostic Procedures, Says AIIMS Study
New Delhi, Nov 17: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted a study to justify its decision to drop all the user charges on blood tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures in the hospital. The study revealed that tests such as blood tests and X-rays cost less than Rs 500 but the patients spend a considerable amount of money in travelling from their residence to the hospital; then there’s cost of food, lodging, and other charges.
The study has come in the wake of Union health ministry’s direction to the AIIMS to provide information about user charges, which haven’t been changed in last 20 years, according to the reports.
The study reveals that the patients travel from their residents to the hospital, wait in long queues for long hours to get dates for their appointment. The patients pay user charges for their tests. Some patients also have to make multiple visits to the hospital for their treatment, which add to their economical loss even more.
A Delhi patient may have to spend a minimum of Rs 1,900 on every visit to the AIIMS, while the patients from outside Delhi have to spend Rs 4,300 per visit an average. The study was conducted on 456 patients; of them, 234 were Delhiites, while 222 were outsiders.
Of the people, 63.8 per cent had come to AIIMS for a single consultation, while 31.9 per cent for multiple consultations. “It is recommended that the user charges on low cost investigations (below Rs 500 per test) should be eliminated,” Dr Saraya said, Asian Age reported.