Organ recipients may have to pay Rs 25,000 for green corridor

Patients needing organ transplant may have to pay Rs 25,000 for the green corridor, an exclusive route for ambulances carrying harvested organs. The fee will be over and above hospital and ambulance charges.

The traffic police will send a proposal to this effect to senior officials in the Home Department. Under the green corridor, police block all traffic signals to facilitate the transport of organs such as heart, liver and kidneys harvested from a brain-dead patient in a hospital to patients waiting to receive them in another hospital.

Hospitals usually charge organ recipients anywhere between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for the operation. The ambulance service costs extra. R Hithendra, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said green corridors would not be free either. The fee will be collected from hospitals. “We are going to prepare a detailed proposal on the matter. Every month, three to four city hospitals carry out organ transplant and ask for a green corridor,” he told DH. “But creating a green corridor doesnt come cheap. The process hassles motorists. Considering these things, we decided to charge the fee.”

Hospitals could well pass on the cost to recipient patients.

According to Hithendra, hospitals had shot down a proposal to take brain-dead patients to the place of organ recipients, saying thats not feasible. He suggested that some private hospitals were carrying out organ transplants “for publicity”.

Last year, police created 17 green corridors to facilitate the transport of harvested organs. This year has already seen seven of them, an official said.

Patients needing organ transplant may have to pay Rs 25,000 for the green corridor, an exclusive route for ambulances carrying harvested organs. The fee will be over and above hospital and ambulance charges.

The traffic police will send a proposal to this effect to senior officials in the Home Department. Under the green corridor, police block all traffic signals to facilitate the transport of organs such as heart, liver and kidneys harvested from a brain-dead patient in a hospital to patients waiting to receive them in another hospital.

Hospitals usually charge organ recipients anywhere between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for the operation. The ambulance service costs extra. R Hithendra, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said green corridors would not be free either. The fee will be collected from hospitals. “We are going to prepare a detailed proposal on the matter. Every month, three to four city hospitals carry out organ transplant and ask for a green corridor,” he told DH. “But creating a green corridor doesn’t come cheap. The process hassles motorists. Considering these things, we decided to charge the fee.”

Hospitals could well pass on the cost to recipient patients.

According to Hithendra, hospitals had shot down a proposal to take brain-dead patients to the place of organ recipients, saying that’s not feasible. He suggested that some private hospitals were carrying out organ transplants “for publicity”.

Last year, police created 17 green corridors to facilitate the transport of harvested organs. This year has already seen seven of them, an official said.

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