STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 24 July
To provide better medical treatment to patients with kidney disease, the Delhi government has decided to launch dialysis services in three government hospitals on 19 August. Initially, 32 machines will be installed at LNJP hospital, Bhagwan Mahaveer hospital and Janakpuri superspecialty hospital.
 The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Delhi health minister, Dr A K Walia, and attended by the additional secretary (health) and other senior officers of the health department and PWD. “The government has worked meticulously to launch the dialysis services,” said Dr Walia adding that it would bear the expenses of dialysis in respect of below poverty line (BPL) patients and other poor patients having family annual income up to Rs 3 lakh. 
 He said the other patients would be charged only Rs 1073 for the dialysis process which takes 2-3 hours. “There would be no need to admit patients in hospital as the government would be using most modern machines and deploy well-trained personnel,” he added.
Comparing the rates with private hospitals, he said a charge of Rs 1073 is reasonable and almost half the rate being charged in private hospitals or nursing homes.
 Dr  Walia said the dialysis expenses of poor patients and patients with family income up to Rs 3 lakh annually would be met out of funds available with Dilli Arogya Kosh. 
 “The funds of Delhi Kalyan Samiti are also being utilised in respect of poor patients referred by the city government to 10 designated centres in private hospitals,” added Dr Walia.