New Delhi, January 17: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday approved an Aam Aadmi Party government scheme for quality healthcare service for people of the city, without any income criteria. The ‘Quality Health for all’ scheme is applicable to permanent residents of Delhi and pertains to providing patients free-of-cost, specified, high-end diagnostic (radiological) tests and surgeries at private hospitals, in case of delay in government facilities. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Stand at 455; Door-to-Door Health Survey Completed in COVID Hotspot

The scheme was passed by the AAP cabinet on December 12 and was subsequently sent to the L-G for approval. Also Read - With 1379 Cases in 24 Hours, COVID-19 Tally in Delhi Crosses 1 Lakh-mark; Centre Says Positivity Rate Declines | Key Points

“Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor Delhi approves ‘Quality Health for all’ scheme without income criteria. Thank you so much sir,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. Also Read - 'Please Donate Plasma': Arvind Kejriwal's Humble Request as Delhi Crosses 1 Lakh-mark in COVID-19 Cases

Here is all you need to know about the scheme:

  • Under this scheme, the government is currently facilitating 52 specified surgeries free of cost at private hospitals in Delhi/NCR.
  • There is no income limit for residents of Delhi, those who are allotted a date of surgery after 30 days of diagnosis at one of the 24 specified government hospitals in the city to avail the scheme.
  • The 52 specified surgeries including heart bypass, cataract surgery and 17 types of kidney operations.
  • Patients can avail the services at private hospitals in Delhi/NCR .
  • Besides Aadhaar cards, patients can submit voter ID or driving licence as proof of Delhi address to avail the services.
  • Under the scheme, Delhiites can get tests and surgeries done without any waiting list and the government will bearing the cost of these tests or surgeries.

On December 29, 2017, Baijal had concurred with the amendments to the Delhi Arogya Kosh (DAK) scheme. However, he had advised the government to retain some “income ceiling” so that the resources of the government were used to help the poor and the needy and the “poor are not crowded out by the well-to-do”.

Kejriwal had responded that if the income criteria was introduced, it would practically “kill” the scheme.

With inputs from PTI