The Delhi government on Friday assured the Delhi High Court that a “policy” to provide essential drugs to poor persons needing costly medical treatment will be formulated “soon”.
“We are going to formulate a comprehensive scheme,” Delhi government counsel Naushad Khan told the court of Justice Rajiv Shakdher.
This came after the court noted that there were several instances where poor patients were not able to get access to treatment due to lack of funds.
The court was hearing a plea filed by a 13-year-old girl suffering from Turner’s Syndrome, a genetic defect requiring long term care. Previously, the Delhi government had informed the court in an affidavit that it did not have any policy to provide “prolonged or life-long treatment” free of cost to patients with rare genetic disorders.
The government also said it allocated 10 per cent of its budget towards health which was the highest by any state in the country.
During the hearing on Friday, the newly appointed counsel for the AAP government said a policy will be made to provide medical care to the poor.
Appearing on behalf of the child, advocate Ashok Aggarwal also told the court that there were several instances in various government hospitals where poor patients were not given full treatment and proper medication.
“Get appropriate instructions to formulate schemes to enable people lacking financial wherewithal to get essential drugs,” Justice Rajiv Shakdher said.
The court granted the government time till September 24 to come up with a policy proposal.