HOSPITAL FOR FREE TREATMENT
Health is a greatest wealth. It is a centralized source for human happiness and well-being. A healthy and active mind is essential to reach out day to day goals; and hence is one of the necessities in socio-economic activities. Our development in any field is primarily based on our health and therefore, it requires rational and effective management.
Though, the industrial revolution has brought enormous changes, making life more efficient by reducing day to day human activities and affords entering into mechanized world, it has simultaneously made several impacts on life and health of the people. The economic growth and industrial development has derived harmful environment and pollution causing major health hazards to the population and its biodiversity. Industries, factories and less of waste management practiced has caused many environmental risk factors such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, ozone layer depletion, UV radiations etc. that has given rise to number of diseases and injuries due to unsafe practice. The rapid growth of cities and overcrowding urban areas are more intensified for transmission of infections, death rates rose rapidly, and social supports crumbled with increasing population mobility.
However, excess demand to medical and health facilities are increasing constantly, and a developing country with large population do not have enough hospitals, equipment and trained staff to handle the volume of people who needs care, and yet the cost of treatment is very high. Thus people in this country do not always receive benefits of modern medicine, public health measures or hospital care and they generally have less life expectancies. Despite the implementation of National Rural Health Mission since 2005, the public health system in the country continues to face formidable challenges. The public hospitals are detached from the larger context in which medicine operates. Hospital is a most vital and technically complex, surrounded by much uncertainties. It amplifies the effectiveness by efficiently providing health needs, making availability of continuous services for acute and complex conditions, but in most of the cases it is dispersed or not available on the necessary time and manner.
By the twentieth century, advances in chemical engineering laid the basis for a pharmaceutical industry. Hospitals began to offer cure rather than care. As the scope for clinical intervention increased, technology became more complex and expensive. By contrast, a small rural hospital providing basic care with limited facilities couldn’t be more different. With rapid growth of advanced technology and clinical specialization, the resources involved including humans and equipment are scarce and expensive. Moreover, patients at all the hospital are not given proper care and attention. For a common people it becomes difficult to avail the expensive treatments and refuse to go to the hospital. Spending majority of the earnings on health checkups and medicines has become nuisance for a people surviving on low wages at urban areas. Poor people are hardly capable of availing this costly treatment brought with new technologies. Expensive health care has become unaffordable and limit access by most of the poor and middle class families.
Hence, we at Surya Foundation have planned to set up a hospital in Pune where all the necessary treatment, imaging, laboratory test will be done at lowest charge, so that everybody shall be able to get access to better treatment and medical facilities. Surya Foundation is already administering an initiative called ‘Treatment for All’ in Pune through which all kinds of medical tests are done at very low cost and offers 40-70% discount to a patient on each test done in this laboratory. This NGO is also providing financial support for major treatments like operations, surgeries, transplant etc. to those in need by raising funds for them, who don’t have enough money for an essential treatment.
We have envisaged to established a hospital so that lives in a city could serene. 24-hour medical cover will be laid out to all the individuals while not degrading skills and providing all basic facilities at the hospital. Proper care and treatment to all the patients is our first priority. Here, those all will be given a free remedy who can’t afford to pay-out their medical bills. This hospital will collaborate with all advance technologies such as imaging, fibre-optics and information technology will lead to changes in professional demarcations. These changes will affect not only the internal organization of the hospital, but also its interface with the outside world as complex diagnosis and treatment.