Maintaining that the scheme of free generic medicine supply has yielded positive results, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced that his government is formulating a scheme to provide free diagnostic tests to all the patients in government hospitals.
AFTER RECEIVING an overwhelming response from the free medicine scheme launched by the Rajasthan government last year, the state chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that his government is now planning to formulate a scheme to provide free diagnostic tests to all the patients in government hospitals.
Gehlot said this Thursday in Jaipur at a national conference on 'Universal access to essential medicines in India.' Addressing the crowd, he said, “Our aim is to ensure that medical tests in the government hospitals should be conducted free of cost.” Gehlot hailed the success of free generic medicines supply scheme and said that the number of patients visiting government hospitals has increased by 50 percent.
“Today also the medical treatment in private hospitals is costly but through the scheme of free generic medicine supply, the number of patients visiting the governmental hospitals has increased. This clearly indicates that the scheme has been successful,”Gehlot added. In order to provide better health facilities the state has computerized 1200 free medicine distribution centres. Earlier the chief minister had also unveiled standard treatment guidelines for state's 9000 doctors to guide them.