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Free dialysis at hospitals

Bhubaneswar: The state government will provide free diagnostic and dialysis services at government-run hospitals in public-private partnership (PPP) mode from March 31.

Health minister Pratap Jena said: "For all patients, the service will be free and the government will bear its entire cost. So there is no question of exploitation by the private parties."

The government-run Capital Hospital here has already provided space to private operators on its premises. There is a proposal to house private operators in at least three more district headquarters hospitals - Malkangiri, Nuapada and Dhenkanal. Official sources said the government intended to extend the PPP model to other district headquarters hospitals.

"Engagement of private operators will help in prompt service delivery and proper utilisation of high-tech equipment," Jena added.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had on December 19 announced launch of the free diagnostic and dialysis services named service "Nidaan" and "Sahay", respectively.

Official sources said the estimated cost for free diagnostic and dialysis services would be Rs 596.28 crore for five years.

At the Capital Hospital, Bengal-based Spandan Diagnostic and Chennai-based Tech Med Pvt Ltd have been engaged for providing "Required spaces have been provided to these agencies, who have started installation of equipment. These agencies will start work very soon," said Jena."Steps are being initiated to control user charges at private hospitals after framing rules under the Odisha Clinical Establishment (Control and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016," he said.

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