Former prime minister and the Chairperson of Federal Council of Janata Samajbadi Party, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, said time has come to increase budget in health sector in order to ensure every citizen's access to quality health service. Health sector is an important area where budget could be increased, Bhattarai suggested.
The former PM was saying this during an interaction organized by the National Planning Commission (NPC) on 'Nepal's Health Sector: Current Situation and Future Work Plan' here Friday. He reminded that constitution had ensured basic health service for free of cost to every citizen, but it was not materialized practically.
"In practice, we've failed to materialize constitutional guarantee of fundamental rights including free basic health service," Dr Bhattarai worried, adding that the capacity building of State-run health institutions is another priority. The health and education services should be made profit-free with strict monitoring of health sector run by private entities.
According to him, the government could mull 'one ward: one doctor' concept.
Time to make health service free: General Secretary Thapa
On the occasion, Nepali Congress General Secretary Gagan Thapa also stressed on curtailing budget in other headings and piling it up in the health sector so that it would help ensure health service for free of cost. He also suggested the idea of 'one institution: one doctor'.
Secretary at Health Ministry Dr Roshan Pokhrel made it clear that government had not deprived people of their rights to get treatment/health service showing the cause of patient's financial constraint. "We've directed the hospital to treat every patients coming for emergency service for free of cost," he reminded.
He however admitted that health service was affected for lack of inter-ministerial coordination.
Moreover, Chairperson of Nepal Medical Council Dr Bhagawan Koirala underscored the need for strengthening hospital management for quality health service.
Chairperson of Consumers' Rights Protection Forum Jyoti Baniya wondered why the constitutional right of free health service was not implemented.
Source: National News Agency Nepal