Medical Tourism

Railways to try pilot healthcare scheme for travellers

DELHI: Close to announcing a travel insurance scheme for passengers starting September, the Indian Railways now plans to roll-out a healthcare scheme for travellers on a pilot basis.

The national carrier is in talks with Oxxy Healthcare, which claims to have a network of 150,000 healthcare centres across 1,500 cities, to launch a pan-India scheme to provide medical aid to railway passengers, reports VCCircle.

Under the scheme, a doctor will attend a patient in case of emergency at the next station on the route the passenger is travelling, and if need arises, an ambulance will transport the patient to the nearest hospital which has a tie up with Oxxy Healthcare.

The Indian Railways is making efforts to match the services offered by airlines to which the former is losing passengers.

“They (Oxxy) are the first ones to have approached us for this. They have offered us the scheme at ₹9 per passenger. We will be going for tendering soon after the (railway) minister takes a call,” said a senior official in the ministry of railways requesting anonymity.
The official added the scheme will be offered for tickets booked online first and then will be available at ticket counters.

Under the healthcare proposal, Oxxy Healthcare has offered two alternatives wherein passengers can avail free first-aid facilities on spot and the other wherein passenger can avail 40% discount on medical treatment if she wishes to continue with further treatment at any network healthcare centre for a premium of ₹9.

“We are in talks with the ministry and it will soon be finalised. We will implement it on a pan-India level,” an Oxxy Healthcare spokesperson said.

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