PMA concerned over rise in service charges 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. PMA Centre Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azhar said it is quite evident that the 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 systems managed by the social security institutions, all services are being provided against heavy charges,” he added. He said, “The poor usually cover long distances to approach these facilities, bear the pain of waiting for hours and 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 He demanded on behalf of PMA that this cruel increase in the charges should immediately be withdrawn and a quality health service be provided to all poor and needy patients without any discrimination, as it is guaranteed in the constitution of Pakistan.

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