Road accidents: hospital support without cash without probable time limit

NEW DELHI: The government is likely to provide free and cash-free treatment facilities to accident victims until their condition stabilizes rather than setting a time limit, such as the first 24 or 48 hours. The road transport ministry is currently framing the rules under the amended Vehicles Act to provide fast and trouble-free access to accident victims under the Cashless Treatment Scheme.

The sources said that a panel created by the ministry of road transport is working on the definition of golden hour and how a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will be created to deal with the treatment of injured people and compensation to a person's family members. who died in a hit and run case. The issue of national implementation of the cashless treatment of accident victims was discussed at a vehicle conference insurance last week.

TOI has learnt that the government is exploring different options to get enough fund in the corpus and methods to replenish it to meet the requirement. One of the options is to provide seed money and then allowing insurance companies and corporates to contribute for this cause. “The idea is to ensure that no road accident victim is denied of getting treatment, if he/ she is transported to a hospital. While the expenses of those having insurance cover can be borne by the insurer company concerned and this can be settled easily, options are being explored whether government insurance schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and PM Suraksha Bima Yonja can be linked to this scheme, a source said.

According to a report by the Law Commission of India, almost 50% of those killed on the road could be saved through timely medical assistance. In 2018, more than 1.51 lakh people lost their lives in traffic accidents.