DAK welcomes govt decision on uniformity of rates, calls it people friendly

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Srinagar: Doctor Association of Kashmir (DAK) on Saturdaywelcomed the government decision in which all the health institutions of Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to follow uniform rate structure for commonly done investigations at these hospitals.
In a statement, DAK president Dr Suhail Naik said that many health administrators had created their own set of rates for these investigations and making them very costly for poor people without taking any prior approval from concerned authorities, showing utter disregard to rules and fundamental rights of people.
We appreciate this people friendly, and pro-poor move, said Dr Owais H Dar, general secretary DAK in a statement. “It was long due and DAK had been pressing hard for it from a long time,” added Dar.
DAK further cautioned the government that certain officers are trying to sabotage this historic decision by trying to become a stumbling block in its implementation.
“Few hospitals are charging rates which are not prevalent anywhere in the country and poor people in rural areas are being forced to pay such exorbitant rates so that third parties involved are benefited at the expense of poor and needy,” DAK said.