Govt mulling to introduce new health policy for common man: Minister K R Ramesh Kumar

The state government is planning to come up with a new ‘Health policy’ that will benefit the last man in our society, said Health and Family Welfare Minister K R Ramesh Kumar, here on Monday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji organised by JSS Hospital at its premises.

He said that with the increasing number of private institutions in the state, it has become difficult for the common man to get adequate facilities. “A majority of them opened with a view to make quick financial gains. Medical admissions have become a business and seats are sold for hefty sums in these institutions. There is various other fields where one can invest finance, health sector should not be the avenue for making money,” the minister regretted.

Highlighting the role of hospitals in treating the poor, Ramesh Kumar appealed the private hospitals not to overcharge the patients, while at the same time ensuring high quality treatment. Over 300 tonnes of expired medicines and drugs stock is there in the state, he appealed the medical fraternity to appropriately advise the government so as to ensure that no medicine goes waste.

The minister said that “the government had offered radiologists working in private hospitals to work part-time in government hospitals for a decent payment, but they were not willing to do the same.”

Around 25 specially-abled persons were distributed wheelchairs, sponsored by Justice (retired) Shivaraj Patil, Asare Group of Engineers, Jain Milan and Lions Club, Mysuru.

Manipal Group of Hospitals chairman Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, MLC B G Patil, JSS Hospital medical director Dr M Guruswamy, Bhalki Mutt seer Sri Basavalinga Pattadevaru, JSS Hospital director Dr M D Ravi, JSS Medical College principal Dr Basavanagowdappa and others were present.

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