Sunday, August 8, 2010

ECHS: Reducing travails of Veterans seeking health care

It is indeed sad that the ESM have to go through a lot of hardship while trying to get treatment at the empanelled hospitals. The reason is very simple. Instead of accrediting all the well known and established hospitals we have created a monopoly set up of a few. Since these hospitals have to MANAGE to get on the panel they act like they have been allotted a gas agency or a petrol pump and must get their pound of flesh. You have no other options but to go to them.

If all the good hospitals/ specialists were allowed to treat the ESM as per the rates fixed for empanelled hospitals, then all of them will not only woo them but would like to get them to add to their capacity utilisation they will also do their bit to show their gratitude to the veterans .The ESM will then be more than welcome as respected clients instead of being called ECHS PATIENTS awaiting documentation.

This will be more than welcomed by the big corporate owners of the hospital chains running world class hospitals across the country who want to do some service to the Nation and the veterans and utilise the super class equipment installed by them.

We have to ensure that we simplify the health care availability to all the veterans in cities big and small with due respect and comfort.
Major Mehandru

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