In a big relief to patients, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has decided to not charge for medical tests less than Rs 500. These diagnostic procedures include blood tests, X-rays and ultrasounds.

All these tests would be done for free after the decision is implemented, making the treatment affordable.

The state-run medical institute also plans to cut the admission and out-patient registration charge, according to a report by Hindustan Times.

However, there will be an increase in the cost of private rooms, which is around Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 a day.

“We realised that charges for several tests and procedures at AIIMS were minimal and generated nominal revenue. So, we have proposed to remove user charges for any test or procedure costing less than Rs 500,” director Randeep Guleria told HT on Tuesday.

“Usually patients have to queue up to pay for a procedure and then queue up for the actual procedure. This can be daunting for patients, especially those travelling from other parts of the country and coming to the hospital for the first time,” Guleria added.

There are currently 266 private rooms at AIIMS and the institute draws a sea of patients everyday to get treatment from the institute.