A new tender describes an ambitious government project to provide hi-tech emergency healthcare all along the M2 Lahore-Islamabad Motorway. Here is the proposed plan:
All along the Motorway, small emergency medical units will be created. In case of any accidents along the area patients will be treated in these areas.
However, these units will be too remote to house specialist medical consultants — so the proposed plan says that each of these medical units will have video conferencing and telemedicine systems in place to immediately connect the healthcare people with hospitals and specialists in Lahore or Islamabad.
Sounds very hi-tech, but here’s one problem. On asking about this to one of the leading video conferencing vendors / distributors in the country, we learnt that the cost of operating each of these medical units (including IT staff, systems, connectivity and support systems) could run into the 3-500,000’s of rupees / month, and this is exclusive of the costs of the medical unit and medical personnel.
So wouldn’t it be more feasible to use that money to get dedicated specialists to serve time in those dedicated medical units?
Does it seem like a just use of tax-payers money? Have your say in the comments.