Mysuru: Deputy Commissioner Dr. KV Rajendra issued a directive for all hospitals in the district to publicly display a list of treatment rates in compliance with the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act, During a district coordination committee meeting of the health department in Mysuru. The aim of this directive is to ensure that patients are charged only the prescribed rates for medical treatments.
Addressing concerns about the high fees charged by private hospitals, Dr. Rajendra emphasized that many individuals seek medical treatment without prior knowledge of the associated costs, leading to financial hardships. He also discussed complaints of medical negligence under the KPME Act and mentioned that such cases would be referred to the Karnataka Medical Council upon request from the complainants.
In an effort to make healthcare more accessible and transparent, Dr. Rajendra suggested simplifying consultation forms and presenting them in a language easily understood by patients and recipients. The goal is to promote transparency and affordability in healthcare services throughout the district, ensuring that patients receive medical treatment without incurring exorbitant costs.
The meeting also addressed the timely processing of applications received through the KPME online portal for the registration of private hospitals, emphasizing the need for swift action. Additionally, in response to a declining sex ratio among children in the district, Dr. Rajendra urged the district health department to inspect scanning centers for potential illegal fetal gender detection. He stressed the importance of proactive measures to improve the sex ratio among children.
The meeting highlighted the Indra Dhanush 5.0 initiative, which aims to provide treatment to 100% of children aged 0-5 years and reduce maternal and child mortality rates. Key attendees included ZP CEO K.M. Gayatri, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr. Kumaraswamy, District RCH Officer Jayant, and other officials.