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Non-Goans to pay 30 per cent more for medical services at GMC

From December 1st onward outstation patients will be charged for availing services at Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital. However, fees will not be levied for emergency cases.

Dr S M Bandekar, medical superintendent, GMC expressed to the media that the committee has submitted its report to the government, suggesting that non-Goan patients be charged 30% of the rate applicable for intervention under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojna (DDSSY).

The rate chart, he said, “in all probability will come into force from December 1”. The government’s response in this regard is awaited, he added.

A month and half ago, the state government decided not extend free medical services to outstation patients at GMC.

The decision was taken in a bid to reduce its medical expenses, as the state’s premier government hospital is being burdened with patients pouring in from neighboring districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

A committee headed by joint secretary health Sunil Masurkar was constituted to finalize the rates to be charged for non-Goan patients. As much as 447 interventions are covered under DDSSY, the universal medical scheme for Goans.

In the initial stage, fees will be levied only for interventions covered under DDSSY, but subsequently, other treatments would also be covered, Dr Bandekar said.

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Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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