Medical care in Indian state of Gujarat has been free for anyone without a medical card for at least a month now, according to an article on India’s NDTV website.
The healthcare system in Gujarat, which has been plagued by shortages and a lack of healthcare workers, was launched in 2015 and has since become one of the best in the country.
But the healthcare system has also been plagued with high prices.
According to NDTV, the healthcare cost of the state was estimated at Rs 7,000 per month in April this year.
However, NDTV notes that in the last month, the price has fallen to just Rs 2,000.
In August, the government announced that a pilot project would begin with free medical services for patients from March 15 to June 20, 2019.
“With the launch of this pilot project, we are now looking forward to see if the new pilot project will be a success,” a spokesperson for Gujarat Health Ministry told NDTV.
The spokesperson added that the healthcare workers will be paid Rs 3,000 for every patient, and the cost of treatment will be Rs 5,000 and the patient will be free of cost.
For the pilot project to take off, the state government has to collect enough signatures from patients.
There are currently no other medical centers in India, with the state healthcare workers being trained in India.
According to NDtv, the cost for an appointment can be up to Rs 1,000, and patients can get treatment in the outpatient section.