Madhya Pradesh is one of those States having lowest out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure. With MP-Aushadhi, EMMS (Equipment Management & Maintenance System), and eHospital, the State Government is trying its best to improve healthcare delivery system, says Dhanaraju S, Director-Health Services, Mission Director, National Health Mission, and Managing Director-MPPHSCL, Government of Madhya Pradesh, in conversation with Divakar Mukherjee of Elets News Network (ENN).
Q Public Health Facilities are witnessing a significant increase in OPD (Out-Patient Department), IPD (Hospital In-patient care) and other general healthcare services in MP. How are you making quality diagnostic services more accessible? .
In the last three to four years, figures of out-patient department (OPD) and in-patient department (IPD) have increased. It has almost doubled. As of now, through 1,600 health centers, PHCs (Primary Health Center), civil hospitals, we are catering around one lakh to 1.2 lakh out-patients in a day.
Our OPD figure is somewhere around 8,000 to 10,000. Despite handling this high volume of people, we always ensure quality of drugs and diagnostic services at all these facilities.
Q Timely and effective healthcare system could reduce both direct costs and out-of-pocket expenditure?
How is this model operating in Madhya Pradesh? Madhya Pradesh is one of the States with lowest out-of-pocket expenditure. Quality drugs and diagnostic services are almost free and easily available at our health centers. Still, we are trying our best to improve the delivery system to make it more accessible. Given the socio-economic background of Madhya Pradesh, it is the responsibility of the State and health department to reduce the cost incurred by the patients.
Q How difficult is it for MP-Aushadhi to manage the stock and requirement of various drugs and surgical items?
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