PMA concerns over rise in service charge of hospitals

Karachi: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Thursday showed extreme concern about an exorbitant increase in the service charges in different hospitals, dispensaries and maternity homes managed by the City Government.

Secretary General PMA Centre Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said it is quite evident that poorest of the poor usually visit these facilities. As a matter of principle the government is responsible to provide health services to the poor masses free of cost. But unfortunately with the exception of Civil Hospital Karachi and health delivery system managed by social security institutions, all the services are being provided against heavy charges, he added.

He said poor usually have to cover long distances to approach these facilities, have to bear pain of waiting for hours, then paying heavy charges. He said now these charges are revised and gone up to 300 percent in some cases. This hike is absolutely not acceptable to PMA.

He demanded on the behalf of PMA that this cruel increase in the charges should immediately be withdrawn and a quality health service be provided to all poor and needy patients without any discrimination, as it is guaranteed in the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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