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Private treatment costs mishap victims dear

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29

A recent study by the department of economics of Punjabi University, Patiala, found that 86 per cent of the victims of road accidents had to get treatment in private hospitals at a very high cost.

Girl killed, eight hurt in accident

Mansa: A girl was killed and eight persons, including six girls, a man and the vehicle driver, injured in an accident on the Mansa-Patiala highway here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Simranjit Kaur. DSP Harjinder Singh Gill said, "These girls were going to appear for the ETT exam in Mohali." The police have seized the truck. TNS

Death to injury ratio 4 times higher than national average

  • During 2018, as many as 6,428 road accidents took place in the state, resulting in the death of 4,740 persons (15 per cent females) and injuries to 3,384
  • The death to injury ratio (DIR) in the state stood at 1.40 which was 4.34 times higher than the national average of 0.32
  • As many as 38,133 died on road in the state over a period of eight calendar years from 2011 to 2018

The study on the economic burden of road accidents conducted by Balveer Singh Sidhu, under the supervision of Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar, has found that the average cost of treatment per patient, who died a few days after accident, was Rs 3.47 lakh. Similarly, spending on the treatment of those who suffered permanent disability was Rs 6 lakh, those who were partially cured was Rs 1.86 lakh and those who were fully cured was Rs 83,667. The study points towards the highly privatised healthcare infrastructure in the state. An overwhelmingly high proportion of victims (86 per cent) were admitted in private hospitals. About 87 per cent victims were without life insurance coverage.

"The economic burden of road accidents is far deeper and goes much beyond the direct treatment and vehicle damage costs. Road accidents, when result in the sudden demise of family members belonging to the similar age group within the same household, create a mutual lookafter void, which imposes substantial care and nurturing costs."

The study based on 100 road accidents, between 2014 and 2019, with 50 cases of death and injuries each, conclusively established that road accidents have disproportionately affected younger, productive, qualified, working and skilled populace. In both categories, namely injured and dead, about half of the victims belonged to the 15-40 years age group with qualification of matric and above, had government or private jobs, were involved in daily wage work, pursuing study and farming.

About 68 per cent of the victims died on the spot, 12 per cent died en route to hospital or during treatment. And 28 per cent of the victims experienced permanent disability. Nearly 28 per cent of the victims suffered injuries on head, 30 per cent on knees and lower legs and 14 per cent on multiple body parts. Accidents necessitate instant arrangement of funds for treatment. Victim families resorted to informal borrowings as own family resources were inadequate.



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