Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research has clarified that there was no change in its policy to provide free treatment to the disadvantaged sections of society.

User charges were being collected from patients having a declared income of Rs. 2,500 and above per month right from 1990 and no new decision was taken after JIPMER was declared an Institute of National Importance. However, cancer patients, regardless of their income, were being given free treatment for all forms of radio therapy, including Cobalt, Linear Accelerator and Brachytherapy, a release said.

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