Can’t deprive non-Delhi patients treatment at GTB hospital, says HC

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/6/2018 3:38:36 PM

Dear Editor,
It refers to confusing observations made by a bench of Delhi High Court on 04.10.2018 on decision of Delhi Government to give preference to Delhi residents for medical-treatment at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital run by Delhi government. It cannot be denied that medical-treatment in case of emergencies are definitely right to healthcare by all citizens irrespective of state they belong, because medical-emergencies can occur even to outsiders while visiting Delhi.
But it is definitely unjustified burden on Delhi tax-payers to bear cost of free medical-treatments, medicines and investigations provided to non-Delhi residents by Delhi government in hospitals run by it, when people from outside Delhi come specially to avail such free facilities by registering themselves in Out-Patient-Departments OPDs of hospitals under Delhi government. Extra-ordinary rush of non-Delhi residents at OPDs of hospitals under Delhi government deprive Delhi residents from unique facility of free medicines and costly investigations which are not available even in Delhi hospitals under central government including prestigious All India Institute of Medical Science AIIMS. Delhi High Court should direct free medical-treatment for all including non-Delhi residents only in emergency-wards of hospitals under Delhi government. Aadhar-cards with Delhi address should be compulsory for patients coming to OPDs of hospitals under Delhi government also to get free medicines and medical-tests.
Delhi High Court can rather direct all hospitals under Central government in Delhi to provide similar free medical-treatment, medicines, investigations to all individuals from any state of India without any priority to Delhi residents, because central government is funded by tax-payers of complete country rather than from Delhi alone.
—Subhash Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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