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Affordable treatment pledge from doctors

The state chapter of Indian Medical Association would soon issue guidelines to doctors to make treatment cheaper and reduce malpractices prevalent in government hospitals.

Apart from sensitising doctors on providing free treatment to below poverty line people, it would promote the use of sanitary napkins among rural women to protect them from infections.

On IMA’s plans for 2014, Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, president, state chapter of IMA, said on Wednesday: “We would issue guidelines to doctors about what they can do to make treatment cheaper. The cost of treatment has increased very much because of various reasons.” Prasad said IMA would ask doctors to reduce their fees and treatment charges at their nursing homes. “If they charge Rs 300 as fee, we would ask them to reduce it to Rs 200 or Rs 250. We would also ask doctors to reduce the number of drugs prescribed to patients. One of the guidelines would be to spend more time with patients,” he said.

He added: “We have come upon a malpractice of doctors working in state-run hospitals. They often fix a commission with technicians if a patient undergoes some test. Most of the tests are free. If any doctor is found involved in such malpractice, IMA would socially boycott him/her.”

“We would ask our district chapters to adopt a village. Awareness programmes on sanitation and conducting free check-up of diseases like anaemia and others would be part of the initiative. We would stress on malnutrition and suggest food to meet the nutritional requirements of villagers,” said Prasad.

The state chapter has also decided to promote the use of sanitary napkins among rural women. “Most rural women in the state still don’t use sanitary napkins. They use old clothes during their menstrual periods, which cause infection. Promoting menstrual hygiene is very important. IMA would tie up with a company. We would buy sanitary napkins from the company and distribute them. We want to develop the habit of using sanitary napkins among rural women,” said Prasad.

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