Govt will continue to pay for Dasmunsi’s hospitalisation: Harsh Vardhan

Conservative estimates suggest Dasmunsi’s stay at a private would make bill in range Rs 30,000-40,000 per day.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2014 10:36 am
priya Dasmunsi has been admitted at Apollo Hospital for several years where he is getting supportive care.

The NDA government at the Centre will continue to pay for former Congress minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi’s stay at a private hospital in the city, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

Dasmunsi has been admitted at Apollo Hospital for several years where he is getting supportive care. However, doctors say the care can be replicated at home with trained staff as the 69-year-old denior Congress leader does not need mechanical help to perform essential body functions.

“If the family does not want to take him home there is nothing the government or the Health Ministry can do about it. But the government will not make any move to deny treatment to him either. He has made a lot of contribution to society and it is now in a sense the society’s turn to give it back to him,” Dr Harsh Vardhan told The Indian Express before he left for the US on an official visit.

Dasmunsi suffered cardiac arrest in 2008 which cut off blood supply to a part of his brain causing irreversible damage. His body systems are functional but he breathes through a tracheostomy tube attached to his neck and is fed through a PEG tube in his stomach. All basic life functions like breathing, blood pressure, sleep awake cycle are stable but he is not conscious of his surroundings.

He is not on life support any more but is undergoing rehabilitative care in one of the most expensive private hospitals in the city at government’s expense.

While the hospital did not give out details of his treatment, conservative estimates suggest his bill could range Rs 30,000-40,000 per day.

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    anjan
    Feb 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm
    This is India. We are Indians. Everything is possible in our country. We don't have RIGHT to know where our tax-money is wasted and how and WHY !!!!! SO BAD LUCK, BORN HERE......!!!!! Thanks for giving the estimate of expenditure....
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      harun
      Mar 8, 2016 at 8:44 am
      In India Cardiac Surgeons in Govt hospitals are paid as much as Prof of English and History but we have 40000/day being spent on Munshi at the expense of Tax Payer
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        Murshed
        Mar 8, 2016 at 4:17 am
        if balasaheb thakrey has got state honor, whats wrong with munshi ji if he get some support from the state
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          Samar Nath
          Mar 19, 2016 at 10:08 am
          Could not our government hospital take care of this kind vip patients when cost of maintenance in private hospital is so much? Spending money to the tune of Rs.40000/- around per day for several years as expenses of supportive care to a patient, needs to search the alternative arrangements to reduce the cost of exchequer money when the patient in no way is expected to return to normal life.
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            Sanyal
            Aug 2, 2016 at 6:38 am
            why our money will be spent for Dasmunsi ? His treatment should be administrated in Govt Hospital. Not in Private Hospital.
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              Bimlesh Chauhan
              Nov 2, 2014 at 10:22 am
              The saddest part is that wife was ready to be member of parliament in his place but reluctant to take him home for care.....
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              Bimlesh Chauhan
              Nov 2, 2014 at 10:22 am
              The saddest part is that wife was ready to be member of parliament in his place but reluctant to take him home for care.....
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                gg109
                Jun 26, 2014 at 9:15 am
                Since this gentleman can be cared for from home, hospital bed could be used for more urgent cases. Waste of a precious resource. But the minister's life is more valuable than common man."He has made a lot of contribution to society" - what exactly is his contribution. Would be nice to know...
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