Delhi Govt’s Claim On Health Services Partially True (2023)

Delhi Govt’s Claim On Health Services Partially True (1)

Delhi/Mumbai: In the run up to the Delhi elections on February 08, 2020, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched a ‘virtual door to door campaign’ on its achievements between 2015 and 2019. We looked at some of its health sector claims--which include free medical treatment and medicines in Delhi’s government hospitals, the number of Mohalla Clinics and services offered there, a reduction in the number of dengue cases, and the Farishte scheme to felicitate citizens who take accident victims to hospital.

An app, released on January 27, 2020, presents a virtual video of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal talking about his government’s achievements on seven issues--water, health, electricity, education, unauthorised colonies, women empowerment and infrastructure.

Welcome @ArvindKejriwal at your doorstep!

Log in to https://t.co/NbP4aeCgV5 or give a missed call on 76909 - 44444 to welcome Arvind Kejriwal as he embarks on his virtual door to door campaign.#WelcomeKejriwal pic.twitter.com/0fpV4Y86FA

— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 27, 2020

Video Link: https://www.welcomekejriwal.in/

We looked at some of the claims about health. Here’s a factcheck.

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Claim: "All government hospitals have been air conditioned. Medical treatment and medicines across all Delhi government hospitals are now free. Now you get medicines, earlier you would not… All tests are free, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, even PET scan which costs Rs 25,000 is free. All tests and surgeries are free, be it for the rich or poor."

Fact: Partially true. Several hospitals do have good facilities, but hospitals are overcrowded, and there are long queues for free medicines and tests. Almost half of Delhi residents still rely on private healthcare.

FactChecker.in visited two hospitals, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Hospital in South Delhi and Safdarjung Hospital in East Ansari Nagar.

The infrastructure at Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital is good and the hospital was air-conditioned. There were posters everywhere in the hospital highlighting free medicines, tests and treatments. The posters also said that the government would bear the cost of privately taken treatment if it was because the government hospital was too crowded.

Kakori Sharma, 24, delivered her now three-day daughter at the hospital. The delivery, stay and treatment of her daughter, who had breathing trouble, has been free, she said, and she did not have to wait much to be admitted to the hospital.

But many patients also have to wait several hours because of overcrowding. For instance, 26-year-old Kusum, who was seven months pregnant and had been bleeding for four days, was waiting since 6 am to see a doctor, when we spoke to her at 4 pm. “We came here in an emergency" because the private hospital we were previously at charged us Rs 50-55,000 but the bleeding did not stop, she said.

Delhi Govt’s Claim On Health Services Partially True (2)

Multiple such posters in Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital promise free treatment to patients and give a helpline number for patients if their treatment is delayed.

Patients being treated are given a one-day dose of free medication in the ward but the rest of the medicines have to be taken from the dispensary or bought elsewhere, patients told us.

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The pharmacy operates from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and is shut on Sundays, except for senior citizens who can also take medicines on Sunday. Patients admitted to the hospital said it was easy to get the free medicines but some said it was more convenient to buy the medicines privately as the pharmacy closes early.

The Safdarjung hospital dispensary providing free medicines is open from 9 am to 5 pm and closes for an hour for lunch. But it is always crowded and many medicines are often out of stock, six patients told FactChecker.in on February 7, 2020.

People said it was easier to buy medicines from the shop set up under the ‘Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment’ (AMRIT) Retail Pharmacy scheme in Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, which sells subsidised medicine. The queues here are shorter and more medicines are available than at the free pharmacy that keeps running out of medicines, they said.

There are long lines for tests too. Saroj Arora, a 43 year-old patient from Delhi’s Sangam Vihar had a painful lower abdomen and the doctor at Safdarjung hospital asked her to get an ultrasound. She can get this done for free at the hospital but expected a three-month wait time, based on what she had heard from other patients, so said she would get the test done at a private lab.

Of the three medicines prescribed to her, two were not available at the free pharmacy. One was available at a subsidised rate at the AMRIT pharmacy and she bought the others from outside the hospital.

Delhi Govt’s Claim On Health Services Partially True (3)

Suman Arora, 43, outside Delhi's Safdarjung hospital, showing her prescription and the medicine she had to pay for. There were two medicines on her prescription that were not available in the hospital's dispensary.

Claim: “In Delhi we have started more than 450 Mohalla (neighbourhood) Clinics. Even here all tests, medicines and treatment are free.”

Fact: Mohalla Clinics offer free check-ups, 109 free medicines, and some tests but there is no comprehensive data on the impact of the scheme, experts said, and 252 of these clinics were opened after October 2019, in the run-up to the elections.

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In all, 450 such clinics have been opened. Patients at three such clinics in southern Delhi said they had benefitted, IndiaSpend reported on February 7, 2020.

“Mohalla Clinics are a good initiative when it comes to last mile connectivity for public health systems, but we cannot say anything on the working of these clinics as there is no data maintained,” Milind Mhaske, director of Praja Foundation, a nonprofit, told FactChecker.in.

Despite freebies, mohalla clinics, Delhi residents use private healthcare

As many as 41% of Delhi residents still relied completely on private healthcare services, and 12% accessed both government and private services in 2019, according to a November 2019 report by the Praja Foundation. Nevertheless, this was an improvement over 2017, when 47% of Delhi residents relied completely on private healthcare services, while 21% accessed both.

They spent 9.8% of their household income on health in 2018-19, on average, according to a report by the nonprofit Praja Foundation, published in November 2019.

If the state dispensaries and hospitals were working efficiently, then people would not have to spend from their own pockets, Mhaske said.

Claim: “Together with the people of Delhi we have controlled dengue. This is a big achievement. In 2015, when our government was formed, there were more than 15,000 dengue cases and 60 deaths. This year only 1,300 dengue cases have been reported with no deaths.”

Fact: As many as 4,155 dengue cases were reported in Delhi till November 2019, with zero deaths, data from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme show. This is over three times the cases claimed by the Delhi chief minister.

This decrease and the public awareness campaign are worth lauding, public health experts said, but emphasised that it is too early to say whether Delhi has defeated dengue for good, FactChecker.in reported on November 16, 2019.

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Claim: “We initiated one more programme called the Farishte Scheme. Many times when a road accident takes place the victim on the road is not addressed. Under this scheme, if an accident occurs, you can take the patient to the nearest hospital, however expensive or big it might be, all treatment expenses will be given by the Delhi government. In the last one year we have saved 3,000 lives under this scheme.”

Fact: This figure of 3,000 is believable, but it is tough to comment decisively without looking at the official data, one expert said. There is no publicly available data on the scheme.

The Farishte scheme was formally launched on October 7, 2019, after a pilot in February, 2017.

Delhi Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal to launch 'Farishte Dilli Ke' campaign today.

This is an initiative to felicitate good samaritans who take accident victims to hospitals and save precious lives.

Health Minister @SatyendarJain will preside over the programme. pic.twitter.com/RACtFiUW1l

— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) October 7, 2019

"We barely get anybody under the Farishta Scheme, once a month some case like that comes, it is very rare," an official at the emergency service section at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Hospital told FactChecker.in.

The 3,000 figure is fairly believable, especially as it also includes acid attack and fire victims, but it is tough for us to comment decisively without looking at the official data or any RTI numbers, said Piyush Tewari, founder of Save a Life Foundation, a non-profit for traffic safety and victim care.

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FAQs

Is treatment in Delhi government hospital free? ›

Under this scheme, if a person meets with an accident, he or she is provided immediate treatment in a government hospital for free and if the patient gets admitted within 72 hours of an accident, he or she can also avail treatment at a private hospital for free.

How can I get free treatment in Delhi private hospital? ›

The Delhi government is set to widen the ambit of its health scheme, whereby people who are given a waiting time of over 30 days for a surgery or procedure at a Delhi government hospital are eligible for free treatment at empanelled private hospitals.

Is treatment in Safdarjung hospital free? ›

For patients getting treatment in Safdarjang Hospital, who come from out of Delhi and who could not get indoor admission and/or are required to visit the Hospital daily for treatment and desire to stay in or near the hospital, facilities for staying in the Dharamshala are available free of cost which is provided on the ...

Is Delhi medical free? ›

The chief minister also said the government has ramped up healthcare infrastructure and irrespective of their financial status, people have access to free hospital care in Delhi.

Is surgery free in Delhi? ›

For any illness/treatment/ intervention required by the patient undergoing treatment in a Government Hospital run by Delhi Government or Central Government or Local Bodies or Autonomous Hospital under State Government. Patient with annual family income upto Rs 3 lacs are eligible.

Is surgery in aiims Delhi free? ›

In AIIMS Hospital, life saving & emergency drugs including crystalloids as well as Investigation and Diagnostic Procedures are being provided free to all patients attending the casualty.

Which is the No 1 private hospital in Delhi? ›

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi

Established in 1996, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is NABL and JCI accredited. Apollo Group offers 10,000 beds across 64 hospitals, more than 2,200 pharmacies, over 100 primary care & diagnostic clinics and 115 telemedicine units across 9 countries.

How much does a heart surgery cost in Delhi? ›

25,000 to Rs. 30,000 [Angiography and Cardiac profile] Surgery cost:- Rs. 2,61,250

Is TV in hospital free? ›

All wards have free TV channels 1-5 between 8am and 12noon. Outside of these hours, TV is £7.90 and TV & Movies costs £9.90. The Treehouse Children's Unit has free children's TV channels all day.

Which is better aiims or Safdarjung Hospital? ›

It's right across the street from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the premier public healthcare institution in India. While both AIIMS and Safdarjung are run by the federal government, only AIIMS is renowned for famous specialists, world class facilities, and an international reputation to boot.

Does aiims charge for treatment? ›

25/- at the time of admission. Patients being admitted in General ward will pay an advance for 10 days charges at the time of admission, i.e. Rs 375/- (Rs 35 per day for 10 days + Rs 25 admission charges).
...
INDEX Page No.
Outpatient Charges & Inpatient Hospitalization Charges3
Immunology19
Medicine20
Blood Bank20
37 more rows

What is the salary of MBBS in Delhi? ›

Mbbs Doctor salary in New Delhi ranges between ₹ 0.6 Lakhs to ₹ 12.1 Lakhs with an average annual salary of ₹ 7.1 Lakhs. Salary estimates are based on 94 salaries received from Mbbs Doctors.

What is Delhi health Scheme? ›

Under the scheme, if a patient goes to a Delhi government hospital and has to undergo surgery, but the waiting time is more than 30 days, they can go to private hospitals for free surgeries. In all, 11,669 people have availed of free and cashless surgery and the government has spent Rs 24.4 crore on it.

Is MRI free in Delhi? ›

The actual cost for MRI Scan in Delhi ranges between INR 6000 to INR 25,000.

How much does kidney cost in Delhi? ›

1,00,000 to Rs. 1,50,000.

Which surgery cost most? ›

The Average Cost for Surgery

The most expensive surgeries are heart valve replacements, heart bypass, and spinal fusion surgeries.

How much a surgeon earns in Delhi? ›

General Surgeon salary in New Delhi ranges between ₹ 2.5 Lakhs to ₹ 35.0 Lakhs with an average annual salary of ₹ 15.2 Lakhs. Salary estimates are based on 16 salaries received from General Surgeons.

What is the salary of a surgeon in AIIMS Delhi? ›

What is the salary of Doctor at AIIMS ? Average AIIMS Doctor salary in India is ₹ 9.6 Lakhs for experience between 1 years to 6 years. Doctor salary at AIIMS India ranges between ₹ 1.0 Lakhs to ₹ 20.4 Lakhs.

Is MRI free in AIIMS Delhi? ›

Even in AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), one has to pay Rs3,000 to Rs5,000 for getting an MRI done," health minister Satyendra Jain said addressing the 22nd Foundation Day of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Rohini.

Is Chemotherapy free in AIIMS? ›

14,597 before coming to AIIMS is added, a patient for radiotherapy alone has to spend in AIIMS a sum of Rs. 36,812 for the entire course. Anyone who requires other forms of treatment like surgery and chemotherapy will have to pay much more.

Who is the richest hospital in India? ›

Narayana Hrudayalaya Ltd. Narayana Health is headquartered in Bengaluru, India, and operates a network of hospitals across the country, with a particularly strong presence in the southern state of Karnataka and eastern India, as well as an emerging presence in northern, western and central India. Market Cap: 7,703 Cr.

Which is biggest hospital in Delhi? ›

BLK-MAX hospital is the topmost hospital in Delhi, India having JCI accreditation, 650-bed, 125 critical care beds with 17 high equipped modular operation theatres. BLK-MAX hospital is also well known for Asia's largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in India.

Which is Asia's biggest hospital? ›

The hospital is built in the state's southern district, Faridabad. The estimated cost of establishing the hospital is Rs. 6000 crores.

Is heart surgery covered by insurance? ›

For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of doctor visit copays, prescription drug copays and coinsurance of 10%-50% or more, which probably would reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum. Heart surgery typically is covered by health insurance.

Which hospital is best for heart surgery? ›

Top 10 Cardiology Hospitals in India, Best Heart Treatment Hospital
  • Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. ...
  • Asian Hearts Institute, Mumbai: ...
  • Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. ...
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi. ...
  • Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai. ...
  • Max Super Specialty Hospital, Delhi. ...
  • MaxCure Hospital, Hyderabad. ...
  • Manipal Hospital, Bangalore.

Which is the No 1 private hospital in India? ›

Indraprashta Apollo Hospital in New Delhi has gained the reputation of being the most sought after health care center for multi disciplinary medical treatment. Spread across 15 acres, this hospital boasts of state of the art equipments and expert doctors for treating various ailments.

Which is the No 1 hospital in India? ›

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Which is the No 1 government hospital in India? ›

Safdarjung Hospital is a multi-specialty hospital, and the largest central government hospital in India if measured by bed strength. It is associated with Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and located in the heart of New Delhi on the Ring Road, opposite to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

What do hospital patients eat? ›

For the most part, standard hospital fare in the U.S. and U.K. consists of meat, potatoes, some sort of vegetable, sandwiches, soup, crackers, chips, and juice — seemingly all served in some sort of mystery gravy (chips and juice included). However, each hospital has a different cafeteria and meal system in place.

Is hospital WiFi free? ›

Over 8,000 centres of patient care across England have been WiFi enabled through the NHS WiFi programme, providing over 63 million visiting patients and citizens with access to free NHS WiFi.

How much is a TV card in hospital? ›

TV, Movies and more 7 day for £39.90. TV, Movies and More 14 days for £49.90. TV, Movies and More 30 days for £59.90. BT Sport 1 day for £10.90.

Who is best doctor in aiims Delhi? ›

Who are the top doctors in Aiims Delhi?
  • Dr. Ajay Mohan.
  • Dr. Pratheev Ethiraj.
  • Dr. Ravi Kumar.
  • Dr. Majaz Ahmad.
  • Dr. Nilamadhaba Mahalik.
  • Dr. Ganesh Chowhan.
  • Dr. Vipin Gupta.
  • Dr. Divyajyoti Srivastava.

Is aiims Delhi better than Harvard? ›

Even internationally, AIIMS ranks No. 3, with only America's Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic rated above it.

Is CT scan free in AIIMS? ›

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS-New Delhi) has done away with user charges for all tests and diagnostics that cost below Rs 300 “with immediate effect”.

What is the cost of heart surgery in AIIMS Delhi? ›

NAME OF PROCEDUREGENERAL WARD CHARGES* (Rs.)PVT. WARD CHARGES* (Rs.)
CABG+IABP85,000/-1,05,000/-
CABG + 1 VALVE1,30,000/-1,50,000/-
ASC. AORTA REPLACE/BENTALL1,60,000/-1,85,000/-
AORTIC DISECTIONS1,60,000/-1,85,000/-
24 more rows

Does AIIMS have private OPD? ›

OPD days, you may contact his/her office. case of emergency or to senior citizens. OPD of AIIMS or any Government Institution.
...
Registration TimeConsultation Time
General OPD8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.8.30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Speciality Clinics1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Can MBBS Doctor earn 1 lakh per month? ›

It totally depends where that pediatrician is working In government sector salary is limited usually 1 lac to 1.5 lac per month after few years ,which goes on increasing as per seniority.

Which Doctor has highest salary? ›

Top 19 high-paying doctor jobs
  • Surgeon.
  • Dermatologist.
  • Orthopedist.
  • Urologist.
  • Neurologist.
  • Orthodontist.
  • Anesthesiologist.
  • Cardiology physician.

Can neurosurgeon earn 1 crore per month? ›

In corporate hospitals as consultant assistant they are paid song 35-40 lacs initially and once promoted to senior consultant salary can reach in crores. So clearly there is no limit or peak point of earning for a neurosurgeon especially in private sector.

Which health scheme is best? ›

15 Best Government Health Insurance Schemes in India for 2022
  • Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)
  • Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)
  • Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS)
  • Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESIC)
  • Universal Health Insurance Scheme (UHIS)
  • Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (AABY)

Is ayushman card valid in aiims Delhi? ›

I am happy to learn that All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has successfully implemented Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) across the institute.

Which hospital is under ayushman card in Delhi? ›

Ayushman Card Hospital List in New Delhi
S. N.Ayushman Bharat Hospitals in New Delhi, NCT of DelhiHospital Type
1SAI MOBIDENT DENTAL CENTER
2PRECISION DENTAL CARE-SARITA VIHAR
3Sehgal Nursing HomePrivate(For Profit)
4RATHI HOSPITALPrivate(For Profit)
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Is CT scan free in Delhi? ›

The cost for a CT scan in Delhi ranges from INR 2,000 to INR 15,000.

Is CT scan free in Delhi government hospital? ›

He said that MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), PET (positron emission tomography) scan and CT (computed tomography) scan are considered costlty tests, but the Delhi government is making them free for all Delhiites. "The Delhi government has done an agreement with 21 private laboratories for the tests.

Why MRI scans are costly? ›

Overhead costs can help explain why hospitals charge so much for MRIs. The hospital must buy the MRI equipment and then pay to keep it maintained and updated. Additionally, the MRI administrator charges fees to the hospital. These costs are pushed on patients.

Is treatment free in government hospitals in India? ›

The cost of treatment at government hospitals is relatively less than in private hospitals. Government medical schemes help underprivileged people to get treatment, sometimes free of cost from government hospitals.

Are medicines free in government hospitals in India? ›

The MMNDY is a universal assurance scheme that provisions 606 essential and life saving medicines, 137 surgical items and 77 sutures at no cost for every patient seeking care from any government hospital.

Is govt hospital free in India? ›

Public healthcare is free for every Indian resident. The Indian public health sector encompasses 18% of total outpatient care and 44% of total inpatient care.

How can I get free treatment in aiims Delhi? ›

“Currently,poor patients can avail free treatment at AIIMS only if they apply for funding from the National Illness Fund,which is a long-drawn process.

Which hospital is best private or government? ›

Government hospitals are better:

1. Expenses: The cost of treatment in government hospitals is very low in comparison to the bills of a private hospital. The government hospitals are funded entirely by the government and hence there are even free treatment facilities to poor families.

Which country has free hospitals? ›

Only one country offers healthcare that is free for everyone: Brazil. The constitution defines healthcare as a universal right. Anyone in the country, even short-term visitors, can get health care for free.

Can hospital deny treatment for non payment in India? ›

Failure on the part of a government hospital to provide timely medical treatment to a person in need of such treatment results in violation of his right to life guaranteed under Article 21. The hospitals cannot refuse treatment on the ground that the victim is not in a position to pay the fee or meet medical expenses.

Which place is best for medical treatment in India? ›

Being the capital of India, New Delhi has the reputation for being one of the best places to receive treatment for various health problems and illnesses.

What is free medical services? ›

The free medical mission is planned for residents of the local government visited to ensure equity. Medical personnel, drugs and consumables and other logistics are provided by the Lagos State Government.

Why is healthcare not free in India? ›

While care in government-run hospitals is technically free for everyone, the system is marred by long queues, poor quality of care, and a lack of human resources. India has allocated $1.54 billion for the scheme, with insurance payments to be shared between the central and state governments.

Does China have free healthcare? ›

China does have free public healthcare which is under the country's social insurance plan. The healthcare system provides basic coverage for the majority of the native population and, in most cases, expats as well. However, it will depend on the region you reside in.

Do hospitals pay taxes in India? ›

10BB under rule 16CC. Hospitals and other medical institutions covered by section 10(23C)(via) will be obliged to file their income tax returns.

Is Chemotherapy free in AIIMS Delhi? ›

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to provide free treatment to a blood cancer patient, whose family could not afford the costly medical care.

Does AIIMS charge for treatment? ›

i) Admission charges (Non-refundable) Rs. 25/- at the time of admission. ii) Hospitalization charges Rs. 35/- per day Page 4 Patients being admitted in General ward will pay an advance for 10 days charges at the time of admission, i.e. Rs 375/- (Rs 35 per day for 10 days + Rs 25 admission charges).

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