Patient denied treatment for not having ID proof of Delhi
New Delhi: Delhi government run hospitals are seeking ID proof from the patients to avail the free treatment related diagnostic tests conducted under the roof of government premises. A case has been reported at Delhi government hospital Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital where a patient was denied treatment for not having his ID proof registered with the state government.
Omprakash Sharma, 62, of Rohini went to the hospital for his urological disorder. However, he was referred to AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital.
"Even in the condition of pain, my father was not given medical care for not having Delhi ID proof. He has identity proof of adjacent state-Uttar Pradesh government. But I don't understand why there is disparity among the patients to give them medical services. Health services should be equal for all, said Yogendra Sharma, son of the patient.
An AIIMS doctor said that he was surprised to see that patient was referred just because he was not having Aadhar Card of Delhi. Actually his son is having Aadhar Card of Delhi but the old man is having Aadhar Card of his native village. "CT scan of abdomen was required but patient was referred just because he was not having Aadhar Card of Delhi," doctor added.
"It is important to note that Delhi government has been working to provide free surgeries and medicines to avail these facilities thousands of patient from adjacent states come to Delhi hospitals," an official said.
However an office memorandum dated January 30, 2018 issued by DGHS Delhi reads that patients coming to government hospital to free high end test and surgeries must have ID proof which shows the patient is resident of Delhi. Moreover, children below 18 years would be eligible on basis of voter ID proof of their parent (according to the name of parent mentioned on Aadhar card of child).