Ayushman Bharat and NCG come together to regulate cancer care
Ayushman Bharat has joined hands with National Cancer Grid (NCG), a grid of major cancer centres across the nation, to offer cancer surgeries, chemotherapy and other cancer treatment procedures under its scheme. The joint effort intends to ensure uniformity in medical procedures and treatment.
According to Dr. C. Pramesh, director of Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and convenor of the NCG, the collaboration between the two is to improve the treatment protocols for cancer. “The plan is to tie up the repayments with adherence to rules,” he added.
The NCG distinguishes itself as an association of cancer centres in the country which could give exclusive expectations of disease care, follow uniform rules for managing the patients and grow human resource appropriately to accomplish healthcare needs of the country. It also performs high standard clinical research.
As indicated by Dr. Pramesh, they are currently building a software to guarantee uniformity in cancer treatment across the nation. Centres like TMH which are overburdened with patients may be relieved as convalescents start getting proper medication at other centres as well.
“It would reduce the cases of delay in treatment and we have already submitted our recommendations,” said Dr Banavali, director, academics, and professor of paediatric and medical oncology at TMH.
Indian government flagship scheme— (PMJAY) under Ayushman Bharat was prescribed by the National Health Policy to accomplish the vision of universal health coverage.
In a year, 5 Lakh rupees cover is provided per family under this scheme for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation across public and private enrolled medical clinics in India.
In her recent Budget speech, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also announced the use of proceeds from taxes on medical devices to fund health infrastructure in 112 aspirational districts.