Monday, March 1, 2010

Subsidized dialysis in Hyderabad

Yesterday I went over to the Vikranti cinema compound in Hyderabad. I was called by Mr. Inderchand Jain of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Relief Foundation Trust. The trust provides subsidized dialysis treatments to patients who cannot afford the cost of the treatments.

The way they work is on the last Sunday of every month, they give dialysis coupons to patients - one coupon entitles a patient to one dialysis session. They give as many coupons as the patient wants. They have tied up with three hospitals in the city of Hyderabad - Mahaveer Hospital, Challa Nursing Home and Mahesh Hospital. The cost of dialysis at these hospitals is Rs. 800. The trust pays the hospitals Rs. 500 per coupon. The patient pays Rs. 300 to the hospital directly.

The members of the trust monitor the quality of the dialysis offered by visiting the hospitals regularly. They also offer Erythropoietin injections (which most dialysis patients need to take) at subsidized rates. The plan is to offer dialyzers and blood tubings at much lower rates and gradually to open their own dialysis center in the city.

I talked to Mr. Jain and he said that the trust realizes that kidney failure is a problem that needs lifelong dialysis treatments and is not a one time thing. In a country like India where most people pay out of pocket for their medical expenses, being on dialysis can prove to be a severe financial strain on the individual and the immediate family.

Many people simply give up and choose to die. This is the stark reality.

In such circumstances, the trust is actually saving lives and providing hope to hundreds of patients and their families. They currently are helping about 120 patients and funding about 1000 treatments every month.

If you are interested in contributing to this cause, please contact Mr. Inderchand Jain at 98852-98100.

7 comments:

Bill Peckham said...

How are they raising money - aside from your appeal?

Kamal D Shah said...

They are a group of 16 individuals who are pooling in funds from their personal resources. Till now at least. They have now started looking at other options to be able to benefit more patients.

Bill Peckham said...

The nice thing about walkathons - are they common in India? - is that they raise awareness too.

Kamal D Shah said...

I will suggest this to the trust. Walkathons are getting a little more common here. Thanks Bill!

Sushil Prasad said...

Hi Kamal,

Came across your blog while researching on dialysis. It was very encouraging. My brother requires regular hemo dialysis and I am trying to see if I can organise a machine for him. he stays in Patna, and the available dialysis centres are pathetic.

I am looking for leads on what all models of dialysis machines are robust for use under Indian conditions and would have easily available service in Patna.

The idea is to have pvt initiative which could also help other people requiring this facility.

Any leads would be welcome.

Kindly reply on my email id prasad.sushil@gmail.com

Regards

Sushil

Inder Chand said...

Thank you Kamal and Wish you and All Family members a Happy Deepavali

Inder Jain

evo cage said...

Mr. kamal,
i havebeen to these trusts unit in ramdev rao hospital at kukat pally,we have gone there twice. its good only by looks, quality of dialsys is too bad compared to other hospitals like indous hospital - ameerpet,or kims hospital ranigunj.
and the head technician has lot of attitude. after having two dialsys when my mom was not feeling well we had to go back to kims and onky after one dialsys shee felt better.

you can reach me over 8885799860, in case of any other questions.but thanks for all the information and facilities you are poviding to needy.