Nepal has no national health service and access to quality medical care can be very limited. Therefore the Trust's medical scheme is hugely valued by Gurkha welfare pensioners, who are not charged a penny for this lifesaving care. Service pensioners can also use the service but make a contribution to costs based on their rank.
Last year the Trust's medical staff performed 121,437 treatments; in addition, Secondary Medical Care was provided to 10,181 patients and 4,600 patients receive long term treatment at one of the Trust's Area Welfare Centres.
The medical scheme includes:
- 24 hour access to a manned medical clinic and drug store at every AWC.
- Regular GP surgeries including clinics at every pension payment day to minimise the burden of repeat journeys to the AWC.
- Six mobile doctors who trek deep into the Hills to treat Gurkhas in need of medical care.
- Eight mobile medical camps each year in Gurkha villages offering dentistry, gynaecology, cataract surgery and general practitioners to some of the most disadvantaged Gurkha communities.
- Operations and treatment from consultants at four of Nepal's leading hospitals
The Gurkha Welfare Trust has a dedicated medical team who provide excellent care to welfare pensioners and their families. This can be in a hospital, clinic, mobile camp or home visit.