‘Tamil Nadu hospitals share of services to go up’

  • | Sunday | 31st March, 2019

CHENNAI: The share of services consumed by state-run hospitals through public insurance is likely to increase to 50% in the next five years, said Dr P Umanath, managing director of Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC), on Saturday.Addressing a gathering at a workshop on ‘Healthcare Concerns of Consumer’, he said the value of services offered in government hospitals , under state-run insurance schemes, was currently at 37%. “Within half a decade, this is likely to go up to 50%,” he said.According to him, if the government has provided Rs 1,000 crore as premium to a company for offering health insurance, about Rs 370 crore worth of services are facilitated by state-owned hospitals. “This money returns to the government hospitals. It is used for strengthening the hospitals, to buy new equipment, incentivize doctors so that they can deliver services efficiently over a period of time,” he added.Noting that around 80% of households in the state are covered by a government health insurance scheme, Umanath said, 55% of them avail medical services in government hospitals, while the rest go to private hospitals in the state.Dr Sudha Seshayyan, vice chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University who was also present at the event, listed the factors that contributed to the multi-corporatization of health sector.

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