Mumbai: Senior citizens to soon get free treatment at civic-run hospitals

In order to cater to the health issues of the elderly, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a proposal to provide free treatment them

Mumbai: Senior citizens to soon get free treatment at civic-run hospitals
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  • Soon Mumbaikars above the 60 years of age, will be able to avail of free medical treatment civic-run hospitals.
  • Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of civic-run KEM hospital and Director of all major hospitals had submitted the proposal to the health department.
  • The BMC’s Health Committee has accepted the proposal, and now it has been sent to the standing committee for approval.

Sources informed that a special ward will be erected for elderly citizens at Sion and Nair Hospital. And a dedicated staff will be provided for the special ward to take care of the elderly patients. An OPD, a pathology lab, and a physiotherapy unit will be dedicated and set-up in the hospitals.

Many times the elderly patients end up sending a huge amount on their treatment, even as, they live on pension. Keeping this in mind, Dr Avinash Supe had mooted this proposal.

While Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dean of KEM Hospital Dr Avinash Supe said, “Due to the financial constraints, senior citizens avoid taking necessary treatment. In a few cases, the children also refused to take care of their elderly parents. In order to provide medical care to them, we had submitted the proposal. The proposal has been accepted by the health committee.”

Dr Supe further added, “Once the proposal gets the nod of the standing committee, senior citizens will get free medical treatment at the civic-run hospitals. If implemented properly, this can be a great help to the elderly.”