Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, ESL Narasimhan has decided to convene a meeting with corporate hospitals at Raj Bhavan to persuade them to rationalise medical charges being collected by them. He inaugurated three-day event of 13th All India Conference of Cancer Care India organised by Cancer Care India, an apex body of voluntary cancer support groups in the country along with Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (BIACH&RI), in Hyderabad.
He asked the corporate hospitals to fix the costs in a transparent manner as patients are now getting more and more burdened with huge costs involved in getting treatment. He asked those in medical profession to empathise with their patients, which according to him will work more than medicine. He also asked the medical professionals to identify the ways and means to reduce the burden of unnecessary tests on the patients. He wanted the corporate hospitals based in the states to identify five top notch killer diseases and wanted them work out an affordable treatment mechanism. He also urged them to spend their CSR funds in this direction.
Further expressing his displeasure over doctors not willing to go to rural areas and also increasing health budgets of the state, Governor urged medical professionals to review existing code of ethics and set new standards. Urging the doctors to be more patient and keep up the trust imposed in them by the patients, Narasimhan wanted them to be available for patients 24X7. While appreciating the efforts put in by doctors in saving the lives, he wanted them to raise to the occasion in order to retain the savior image in the minds of the patients.
Dr. JK Singh, President of Cancer Care India (CACI), who presented a grim picture by saying that at present it is estimated that there are 15-20 lakh of people with cancer at any point of time and about 10 lakh new cases added every year. While stressing the need to act urgently on the issue, he urged the gathering to focus on screening and creating awareness so that the dreaded disease can be targeted at initial stage itself. He also appealed that now all the stake holders should put maximum effort and also strengthening the consultation among themselves.