An accident can happen anywhere, anytime and immediate medical assistance is crucial for accident victims. While good samaritans sometimes do help accident victims find hospitals, they are at a loss when the private hospitals sometimes turn them away.
Thankfully, a new scheme by the New Delhi government will bear all the bills to treat road accident, burn or acid attack victims.
If the mishap takes place in the geographical jurisdiction of Delhi, all victims—irrespective of domicile, and even foreigners—will be eligible for free treatment in any hospital in Delhi.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain announced the scheme at a press conference held on December 12. According to a report in the Times of India, he said, “Our aim is to save as many lives as possible. Even when a private hospital is located nearby, many accident victims are taken to government hospitals and often the ‘golden hour’ is lost in transport.”
This move from the government comes after it introduced a scheme to foot the bills of surgeries for Delhi residents in 48 private hospitals in July 2017.
Private hospitals need to be empathetic to accident victims. In November 2017, the Kerala government decided to set up a ‘trauma care’ policy to ensure that both state-run and private sector hospitals do not charge any money for two days from road accident victim. Karnataka’s State Government has also launched a similar scheme.
A recent government press release stated a 3% drop in road accidents and a 4.75% drop in fatalities between January to July 2017. In 2016, nearly 1,50,785 persons were killed in road accidents. If accident victims receive better care during the vital golden hour, these figures could drop further.