Punjab elections: Free medical treatment in govt hospitals if AAP voted to power, promises Kejriwal

By PTI

LUDHIANA: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said if his party is voted to power in Punjab in next year’s polls, it will give free and better treatment in all government hospitals in the state.

“Today, I have come to give a guarantee related to health services,” Kejriwal, who is on a two-day visit to Punjab, said at a news conference here.

He spelled out “six guarantees” related to healthcare, promising to implement these if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is voted to power.

“The condition in government hospitals in Punjab is so bad that people are forced to go to private facilities. And there is loot in private hospitals. In government hospitals in the state, people are facing problems with regards to medicines, availability of doctors and better equipment,” Kejriwal said, flanked by AAP state unit chief and MP Bhagwant Mann.

“We changed the shape of government hospitals in Delhi. I am giving six guarantees for health of citizens (if AAP is voted to power in Punjab),” he added.

Every person in Punjab will be given free and better treatment in government hospitals, which will be at par with the private ones, Kejriwal said, adding that all medicines, tests and operations will be free.

“Even if anyone incurs expenses on operations up to Rs 10-15 lakh, that too will be free in government hospitals,” he said.

“Every citizen of Punjab will be given a health card, which will have all health-related information of that particular individual. It will be our responsibility to give the best treatment,” Kejriwal said, adding, “All data will be available online.”

Like Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics, “Pind Clinics” will be opened in Punjab. As many as 16,000 such facilities will be set up, he said.

All government hospitals in Punjab will be improved with better equipment, and bigger medical facilities will be opened, Kejriwal said.

“Treatment expenses of road accident victims will be borne by our government if the AAP is voted to power,” he said.