February 21, 2009

Charitable hospitals to be penalised for not admitting poor

Private charitable hospitals that do not admit financially weak patients will now have to pay a penalty of Rs 25,000 and administrators

could face imprisonment of three months. This is the gist of an amendment to the existing Public Trust Act that was approved in the state cabinet meeting held at Sahyadri on Wednesday.

According to Section 41 (a) of the Act, it is binding on the private hospitals run by a charitable trust to reserve 10% of the total number of operational beds and 10% of the total capacity of patients treated, for medical examination and treatment free of charge. However, the state government has been flooded with complaints made against such hospitals for not complying with the prescribed norms.

"The Association of Hospitals (AoH) is meeting on Saturday to decide the future course of action,'' said Col Manesh Masand, CEO of Jaslok Hospital and AoH president.

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