Presently, the patients from economically weaker section, who cannot afford costly medical equipments were treated in the hospital with the help of relief funds of the President and the Prime Minister. But, according to the reports, the funds were insufficient, and at times patients were asked to arrange money for the treatment.
Now, this initiative by AIIMS has given the public a verified platform for donations. Dr. Agrawal added, "Though surgery and consultation are free, most public hospitals charge for implants and other equipment needed post-surgery. Poor patients who come from states such as Bihar or Jharkhand do not have money to travel even nor do they have documents or wherewithal to seek funds from various agencies. Many die without treatment."
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