Mumbai: The state charity commissioner has come up with a proposal asking all charitable hospitals to start mobile clinics, in a bid to provide timely treatment to needy patients. Doctors said the idea behind mobile clinics is to provide timely treatment, so that no one misses out on medical services, for want of funds.
This new initiative has come four months after the charity commissioner had asked hospitals to add the word ‘charitable’ to their name. Accordingly, trust-run hospitals in 28 of 36 districts of Maharashtra and 55 of 75 major hospitals in Mumbai complied with this directive.
State Charity Commissioner Shivkumar Dighe said hospitals registered with the body had to set up clinics-on-wheels, which would then do the rounds of the city to check on people. “A meeting will be held shortly with charity hospitals across the state. We will ask them to start mobile clinics, which will visit slums and other needy localities so that people can access healthcare services at their doorstep,” said Dighe.The mobile clinic will include pharmacists, doctors, pathologists and laboratory technicians.
Earlier, Dighe had asked private charitable hospitals in Mumbai to display a board stating that 10 per cent of beds were reserved for the poor, but this was not implemented. “Most times, poor patients do not opt for treatment at private hospital, as their costs are high. Because of this misconception, they miss out on low-cost treatment available,” added Dighe.