IN KARNATAKA, ALL HEALTHCARE ROADS LEAD TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS
12 January 2022
Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday visited Manipal Hospital, one of Bengaluru’s biggest private medical establishments, for a checkup after testing positive for Covid-19 a day before.
Bommai is not the first Karnataka chief minister to get treatment at a private centre. Former chief ministers BS Yediyurappa, Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy also received treatment at a private healthcare centre earlier when they had tested positive for Covid-19 or for other treatments.
“He had just gone there for a check-up after he tested (Covid) positive on Monday,” said an official from the chief minister’s office (CMO), requesting anonymity.
At a time when the state is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases, activists and experts pointed out that the head of government’s visit to a private hospital does not help in gaining people’s trust in the public health care facilities.
To be sure, Karnataka’s gross allocation (total demand +IEBR ( Internal & Extra Budgetary Resources) ) for health and family welfare is 4% of the total budget or ₹11,908 crore, according to the 2021-22 budget presented by former chief minister BS Yediyurappa in March last year.
News Source : Hindustan Times
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