JHAPA, July 18: Tara Nath Khatiwada of Shani Arjun-1, Jhapa went to a private hospital in Jhapa seeking treatment for stomach pain. After he went through all sorts of medical checkups, the doctor said that he had a hernia.
The doctor advised him to undergo a hernia repair surgery that would cost around Rs 40,000.
The cost was too high for him given his poor financial condition.
So, he decided to go Mechi Zonal Hospital. However, the health workers and doctors at the private hospital told him that government hospitals don't provide as good a service as private hospitals.
Despite all the warnings, Khatiwada went to the Mechi Zonal Hospital for the operation. The surgery was successful and he ended up paying only Rs 8,000 for it.
“The private hospital would have charged me five times more than the government hospital,” he said.
Almost all private hospitals in Jhapa claim to be better than the rest. But their services are beyond the reach of the economically poor.
Many people think government hospitals provide poor services. However, they do not know that government hospitals also have skillful doctors and are equipped with modern equipment.
For instance, Mechi Zonal Hospital is receiving a good number of patients due to its quality service.
Mechi Zonal hospital is now providing different kind of facilities in time and various operations also get done like hernia, fistula, hydrosol and many more. This kind of good services has build trust on the people in the government health service.
According to service seekers, government hospitals provide medical services at affordable cost, whereas similar services at private hospitals require high fees.