BENGALURU’S KIDWAI TO HAVE A BLOCK FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO PAY MORE
Context: The State-run Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology will soon start a speciality block exclusively for patients who can afford to pay higher than the existing charges in the hospital.
This is to create a revenue-generating model that will help in funding and improving treatment facilities for the poor.
ABOUT THE FACILITY
- The proposed block will have all diagnostic and treatment facilities under one roof.
- Services in this block will be provided at double the existing charges.
- The 30-crore project will include air-conditioned deluxe wards and separate nursing stations
- Most people find it difficult to afford cancer treatment in private hospitals.
- Although they want to avail treatment in the institute, the long queues and subsequent wait makes it inevitable for them to go to private hospitals.
- This new block will be for patients who are willing to pay higher than the existing government hospital charges.
- While treatment in this block will be on par with private hospitals and specialists will visit patients in the wards, the charges will be far less than what is charged in private hospitals.
- There is an impression that government hospitals are meant for the poor.
- But with the best equipment and with a little facelift, facilities here will be on par with corporate hospitals.