Lucknow's SGPGI to offer free Hepatitis C treatment to patients from June 2023
Gearing up to become National Viral Hepatitis Control Program's nodal center, Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) has arrived at the decision to provide free treatment to Hepatitis C patients, starting from June 2023.
Seven centers in UP provide free Hepatitis C treatment
It is noteworthy that there are already seven centers in Uttar Pradesh that provide free Hepatitis C treatment and 75 centers across the country. And Lucknow's SGPGI will now be adding to the list, becoming the second center in the city after the King George Medical University.
What makes this a major move for patients is that they can now save at least Rs 20,000 which they would've spent in the 3-month long treatment regime, including the medicinal costs. Furthermore, this cost would go beyond said amount if a patient was to purchase the required medicine from the open market.
Major tests to diagnose the disease also free
Apart from the Hepatitis C treatment at SGPGI, the institute has also announced that they won't be charging a penny for the two major tests that are required to diagnose the disease. These tests, too, would otherwise cost around Rs 3500 at the institute while costing up to Rs 12,000, when conducted at diagnostic centers in the open market.
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