Decentralizing some medical services may work better for patients: Doctors

Decentralizing some medical services can work better for patients, especially by reducing travel costs and time aside from easy access to medical care, experts said at the Indian society’s two-day annual conference. of oncology.

“I myself have established chemotherapy centers in district hospitals in states such as Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as well. These centers, some of which are working very well, are providing medical care to patients who no longer need to rush to big cities for the same,” said Dr. Dinesh Padharkar of Sarvodaya Healthcare in Faridabad on Sunday, the latest conference day.

Sharing his model, Dr Padharkar said, “A month of training is enough for an experienced doctor with an MBBS degree before starting the chemotherapy center. In UP, centers have been established in Bahraich, Chitrakoot, Kannauj, Etawah, Siddharthnagar and such centers may appear in every district.

Dr Akash Agrawal, Senior Professor at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences and Conference Coordinator, said: “In such a model, a large part of the savings accrues to the patient. Bahraich’s patient does not need to travel a day before the appointment at Lohia Institute in Lucknow.

“Additionally, the patient and his attendant return home on the same day, which is not the case if they travel to another city for treatment,” said Dr Akash Agrawal.

The doctors said that such a center can also handle any emergency, should it arise, and can stay connected to higher centers. “All district hospitals are equipped to handle an emergency. The patient can come for follow-up as per doctor’s advice at a higher center while for chemotherapy he can seek treatment at his hometown,” Dr. Padharkar said. Many eminent doctors, including Dr. Apul Goel and Dr. Madhup Rastogi, participated in the roundtables.