Abhijeet Kumar Shukla
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Regional Manager(Sales & Monitoring)
IGE Medical Systems
The Government of Bihar has contracted with private provider IGE Medical Systems (IGEMS) to provide radiology services in health care facilities across Bihar, from primary health centers to district hospitals.
The lack of diagnostic facilities in rural hospitals was evident in Bihar. Apart from other support services, this partnership was intended to focus on providing better treatment instead of being engaged in firefighting with issue. With this intention, the Government of Bihar entered into various public private partnerships in the health sector.
Key program components:
Under this new policy, the services in Government hospitals are provided free to patients, but necessary infrastructure was lacking. To provide better radiology services in all health care facilities operated by State Health Societies in 38 districts, these services were contracted to private providers who would set up and operate the necessary infrastructure in the allotted space inside the health center as per agreement, and would be paid charges as per rates fixed by State Health Society Bihar for the number of tests performed.
Expression of interest was invited from various private providers operating similar services and the providers were selected through a process of technical evaluation. The partnership was formalized through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and rates were fixed at which the charges would be reimbursed. Initially, the charges were paid by users (patients). However, when the decision was taken to provide free treatment to all patients coming to government hospitals, the MoU was amended and the charges were being paid by the Government.
X rays are provided in all hospitals; ultrasound units and HSG facility is provided in Sub District hospitals. X Ray films are generated by the private provider, and are reported by doctors in government hospital. A Central Reporting System is being established as part of the next phase in Patna and is connected with all ultrasound and X ray centers set up in government hospitals. With help of T