Charutar Arogya Mandal was set up in the year 1972 by the late Dr. HM Patel, India’s former Finance and Home Minister, to create an example of how the health-care needs of the rural community can be met. What has emerged is an institution that has created facilities and health-care infrastructure for a rural community that match with the best of those available to their urban counterparts and a network of educational institutions that graduate hundreds of health-care professionals.
Supporting the Community
What defines the Mandal today, however, is not its infrastructure or its facilities. Over 5,00,000 patients who come to the hospital annually for outdoor consultations, largely from the villages around, over 47,000 in-patients admitted to its various indoor services, and over 10,000 patients who undergo surgeries at the Hospital, experience health-care as it was always meant to be; humane, rational, efficient and affordable. As a policy: “Those who are indigent and not in a position to pay for their treatment are not turned away just because they cannot afford treatment costs”. They are provided uniform quality treatment along with those who can afford it.
The annual burden to the Mandal towards concessions and free-ships given to patients amounts to more than Rs. 30 crores annually mainly covering needy patients with Cancer, Cardiac diseases, malnourished women undergoing complicated delivery, prematurely born & underweight neonates and accident victims. Many of the patients treated here would not have pursued treatment for their life-threatening ailments, had they not been supported by the Mandal and its Donors