Patna: In a groundbreaking move, the Nitish government in Bihar has ushered in a new era of healthcare by granting approval for free treatment at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna. IGIMS, often considered the second-largest hospital in Bihar after PMCH, is set to provide a wide spectrum of medical services to patients at no cost. This revolutionary decision signifies a monumental step towards accessible healthcare for all.
Government’s pledge to cover patient expenses
Under this transformative initiative, the state government is committed to covering all medical expenses incurred by patients seeking treatment at IGIMS. With an annual budget allocation of Rs 60 crore, this endeavor aims to alleviate the financial burden on individuals seeking quality healthcare.
A long-standing demand realized
The move to offer free treatment at IGIMS addresses a long-standing demand from the public. Patients, regardless of their economic background, will now have access to essential medical services without worrying about the financial implications. The recent approval by the cabinet signifies a major victory for healthcare accessibility in Bihar.
While patients will continue to bear charges for private and deluxe rooms, all other aspects of healthcare, including medicines, surgeries, and diagnostic tests, will be fully covered. This comprehensive coverage ensures that individuals receive the care they need without the added burden of medical expenses.
Expanding bed capacity
IGIMS currently boasts 1,170 beds, with construction nearing completion on an additional 500-bed facility. Furthermore, plans are underway for the construction of a 1,200-bed building. The hospital is also equipped with state-of-the-art radiology facilities, including services such as X-ray and MRI. Additionally, IGIMS houses a dedicated State Cancer Institute building, offering cutting-edge cancer diagnostics and treatment.
Empowering the masses
The decision to provide free treatment at IGIMS underscores the government’s commitment to empowering the masses with accessible and affordable healthcare. While the precise implementation date is yet to be announced, this move marks a significant stride toward a healthier, more prosperous Bihar.