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AIIMS to launch 'adopt a patient' policy to help poor patients
All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), has decided to take a good initiative, which may prove to be a big boon for the poor patients. Reportedly, AIIMS will launch an initiative where anyone can come forward to help the patients. This 'adopt a patient' policy will provide a helping hand to patients who can't bear the burden of costly medical equipments.
The hospital administration will urge the people to come forward and help the patients. Under this policy, the hospital is planning to collect public fund and use it for the treatment of patients from economically weaker sections.

Dr. Deepak Agrawal, who heads the IT division at AIIMS said in a statement, "We admit about two lakh patients every year at AIIMS, of this, 30%-40% are poor who cannot even pay for implants. In case of spinal injury, there have been cases where the families abandoned patients because they did not have the means to continue treatment or rehabilitate the patient at home. Such people will benefit from the policy."

'Adopt a patient' policy will be officially launched on Saturday by AIIMS director, M C. Misra. Now, a trial run of the same is under process, and an amount of Rs. 14,000 has been received till now.

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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