The most common complaint from patients who get their healthcare from a sports medicine unit is the price tag.
A recent survey by the India Sports Medicine Association (ISMA) has found that sports medicine units have a lot of overhead costs.
The survey asked physicians and nurses to list all the expenses that the unit charges for the items they provide to patients, such as oxygen, oxygen masks, surgical gloves, etc. Here’s what they found out.
OXYGEN: The cost of oxygen is a huge chunk of a patient’s healthcare costs.
In 2016-17, an average patient had to spend around Rs 10,000 for oxygen at the Sports Medicine Centre.
According to the ISMA, it is the most expensive item that the team has to pay for.
A total of Rs 2.25 lakh was spent on oxygen during the survey.
OBSIDIES: OBSIDs, which can include medications, oxygen, and syringes, are another item that can cost around Rs 2 lakh.
The cost for each person is around Rs 1 lakh.
ANTI-AEDS: AEDs are a commonly used anti-inflammatories and can cost up to Rs 2 crore a year.
An average patient spends around Rs 3,000 on the prescription for an anti-inflammatory, with the cost rising up to around Rs 4 lakh if a patient is also using an antihistamine.
LABOR: In 2016, an estimated 1.8 crore Indians got treatment at an antiabiotic unit, with a total cost of Rs 1.28 lakh.
Surgical gloves: A surgical glove costs around Rs 50,000 a year in the current fiscal, and costs around $1,000-1,500 for each patient, according to ISMA.
SURGERY EQUIPMENT: An average person has to spend Rs 30,000 to get surgery equipment.
According a study by the National Centre for Public Health and Family Welfare (NCPHFW), a surgical glove cost an average of Rs 5,000, and an average hospital stay time for an anesthesiologist is around eight days.
MEDICAL LABOUR: The average patient has to cover Rs 7,500-10,000 of his or her healthcare costs, and up to 50% of that is covered by the state government.
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A study by an IMS Research Foundation team in 2017 found that the average patient will have to pay at least Rs 2,500, and can also pay at the local level.
STOMACHS: Stomachs cost around around Rs 40,000 annually in the country, with an average cost of around Rs 25,000.
SUSPENSION EQUIP: An IMS research study found that around Rs 75 lakh is spent on surgical care for every patient, and that an average person will have around Rs 100,000 in surgery equipment and surgical supplies.
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