AIIMS fee structure may be revised along lines of IITs, IIMs

As per the recommendation made at the AIIMS’ “chintan shivir” held in August, the fee structure for medical education at AIIMS across India may be altered and styled along the lines of IITs and IIMs to augment the revenue generating potential of the premier institute.

The “shivir” covered a variety of subjects, including finding a workable model fit for sustained revenue generation to lessen the dependence on government money and improving the healthcare services at all AIIMS.

“The Union health ministry is in the process of finalising a committee which will study the feasibility of these recommendations and see the level of increase that can be done,” PTI quoted an official source.

“One of the recommendations suggested is revising the fee structure of courses such as MBBS, post-graduation and nursing education and adopting the structure followed at IITs and IIMs to augment the revenue generating potential of the premier institute,” the source said.

The current cost of the MBBS programme at AIIMS is about Rs 6,500.

The cost of an MBA or postgraduate degree at an IIM is Rs 24–25 lakh, but the cost of a BTech at an IIT is up to Rs 10–12 lakh, and the cost of a M Tech is up to Rs 3 lakh.

Other recommendations include expanding the number of private wards and turning a third of regular ward beds across all AIIMS into special wards. Additionally, a committee should be established to review the fees charged by AIIMS to both paying and non-paying patients in order to increase revenue.

“Another recommendation also highlighted creating a mechanism for identification of beneficiaries of AB-PMJAY, state government scheme, CGHS, ECHS, Railways and any other government-linked scheme towards contributing to the revenue kitty,” they said.

Cross subsidisation model can also be piloted wherein the poor get the services free of cost those who opt for paid service are treated according to their entitlement, the recommendations stated adding ancillary service and support services can be tapped for additional revenue generation.

“There is also a suggestion that AIIMS facilities may collaborate with reputed institutes like IITs, IIMs to run collaborative research, education rather than duplicating resources and straining the exchequer,” a source stated.

In the annual budget announced for 2022-23, Rs 4,190 crore was allocated for All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.

The 23 AIIMS include those fully functional, partially operational or under construction.

Along with AIIMS Delhi, six new AIIMS – Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) were approved in phase 1 of PMSSY and are fully functional. Out of the 16 AIIMS established between 2015 and 2022, MBBS classes and outpatient department services have been started in 10 institutes, while only MBBS classes have been started in another two. The remaining four institutes are at different stages of development.

Source: Economic Times (Inputs from PTI)

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