Maha affords Goa Rs 2 crore a 12 months to deal with its sufferers at GMC

MUMBAI/PANAJI: chief minister has announced Rs 2 crore per annum to reimburse the Goa government for the cost incurred to treat patients from Maharashtra at Goa Medical College and Hospital ().
Due to the lack of medical facilities in the Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra, several people are treated at the government hospital in Bambolim, Goa.

“The service was provided free of cost for the last several years. This year suddenly Goa has decided to charge for it,” said in the legislative assembly on Thursday.

Goa health minister Rane denied receiving any communication from Maharashtra in this regard. “I will not entertain mere claims by the Maharashtra government. If it is serious then let us sit together and work out a formula for annual payment towards treatment of patients from Sindhudurg district,” he said.

Vishwajit added that all their emergency cases are treated free of cost. Also, fees for poor patients are waived off. “My prime responsibility is towards the people of Goa and not Maharashtra. I’m the health minister of Goa and not Maharashtra,” Rane said, as he reiterated that his ministry will not go back on its decision to charge outstation patients treated at GMC or at district hospitals.

Earlier this year, the Goa government started charging outstation patients for treatment at government-run hospitals. The decision was taken as the local population was unable to avail of medical services at government hospitals due to the increasing number of outstation patients.

The fees were fixed by a government-appointed committee. The charges were fixed based on the rates applicable for Class ‘B’ and ‘C’ hospitals. The outstation patient load at GMC is 25-30 %.

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