Uttaranchal takes up PPP model to provide healthcare

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 14 2011, 07:18am hrs
To involve private sector in healthcare, the Uttaranchal government has struck a public-private partnership deal. Under the deal, Chandiarh-based Rahi Care has been entrusted upon to set up a state-of-the-art nephrology (dialysis) centre at Base Hospital, Haldwani.

Government sources said that the PPP model by Uttaranchal government has been conceived on the basis of a report by a task force set up by the health and family welfare ministry that found that private sector looked after 78% of healthcare in rural areas and 81% in urban areas of the country.

Of the total hospitals in the country, 58% belonged to the private sector. Not only this, over 81% doctors in the country were in private hospitals or having their own practice, according to the report. Sources said that even the Working Group of Planning Commission had laid emphasis on PPP model in healthcare. The secretary, department of health and family welfare, headed the Working Group.

Rahi Care at Haldwni is expected to benefit over 20,000 patients suffering from chronic kidney diseases in the Kumaon region, sources said.

Shaurya Tayal, managing director of the Rahi Care Nephrology Centre, said the proposed campus would be spread over 5,000 sq ft and would be equipped with international standard equipment capable of serving more than 60 patients in a single day.

Below poverty line (BPL) and HIV infected patients will be provided free treatment and their expense will be subsidised by the government. Other patients will be provided treatment at reasonable charges. Rahi Care Nephrology Centre is expected to become operational by June 2011.