Maha, first state in the country to include medical devices in the NLEM

The cost of medical devices will be fixed at an affordable rate. 12 medical devices related to cardiac surgery and lenses will be included in the national list of essential medicines (NLEM). It will be mandatory to make the information easily available for the patients. To make the information easily available for the patients, the cost of the medicines will be displayed on the board outside the hospital

- Maha, first state in the country to include medical devices in the NLEM

The state government is now going to make a permanent arbitration to curb the unethical practices which take place in the hospital.

The government has decided to fix the cost of the heart surgery equipments. For this, the government has decided to include 12 medical devices required for cardiac surgery in the national list of essential medicines

Devices like intraocular lenses, catheter, etc. will be included in the list of essential medicines (NLEM).

In reply to the question asked in the assembly, Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration explained, “Maharashtra will be the first state to include 12 medical devices required for cardiac surgery in the national list of essential medicines (NLEM). With regard to this, the centre’s law will come into force on 1 January 2018. This law will ensure that the poor and general patients are not being cheated by the hospitals”.

Bhimrao Tapkir had raised the question in the legislative assembly regarding the re-use of the materials used for heart surgery and about the increased cost of cataract lenses. Girish Bapat responded in reply to the question.

While speaking in the assembly, Girish Bapat added that, “The 12 medical devices related to cardiac surgery and lenses will be included. The price will be fixed according to the law. It was found that these devices were being reused in the private hospitals. So to curb the unethical practices, Food and Drugs Administration had taken action against the eight concerned hospitals. Under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, cases have been registered against seven hospitals like Dr LH Hirananadani and Fortis”.

To make patients aware about the information regarding the devices, boards will be displayed outside the hospitals, after the medicines are included in the national list of essential medicines (NLEM).

The Government will also start a web portal to provide the information about the number of surgeries taking place in the hospital and about the usage and sale of the devices.

State Minister Madan Yerawar said, “Directorate of Health Services and Medical Education Director supply medical devices to the government hospitals at the half cost, instead of the cost mentioned on the devices. There is a facility to report on the helpline number, in case of any complaints regarding the hospital’s transaction. And appropriate measures are being taken to curb the cost charged by the renowned hospitals in the state”.