State proposes free med care at pvt hosps for kin of brain-dead donors
The state government may ask private hospitals to provide free healthcare to families that donate the organs of their loved ones in case of brain death. This is one of the proposals that a state panel headed by health minister Dr Deepak Sawant is toying with to streamline organ donations in the state.
State officials on Thursday said that the free healthcare scheme would not be an incentive but “an act of felicitation“ for donor families. The organ donation law prohibits any incenti ves to families and underlines the need for organ donation on the basis of love and altruism.
There have been moves at local government levels to promote cadaveric organ donations.For example, Indore, which recently started a cadaveric donation programme and has managed nine donations in six months, provides free health insurance to donor families. The insurance is not provided by the state government or the civic body but by a not-for-profit organization, said Indore municipal commissioner S Dubey at a function held here recently .
At a press conference on Thursday , state health minister Dr Sawant said there were over five lakh kidney-failure patients across the country , along with 50,000 who have liver failure and another 2,000-odd with heart failure. In the 21years since the Human Organ Transplant Act came into existence, 11,364 kidney transplants have taken place, besides 468 liver, 19 heart and three lung transplants in various hospitals.
amar ujala newspaper 19/08/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/