April 24, 2011

Supreme Court tells pvt hospitals to treat poor for free

The Supreme Court on Monday directed Delhi's private hospitals, which had got land at concessional rates from the government, to provide free treatment to 25% of outdoor and 10% of indoor patients who are poor and are unable to afford health care costs.

A Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik passed the interim order after senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan informed it that efforts were on to resolve the impasse between the government and hospital managements over free treatment to poor patients.

One of the petitioners – Dharamshila Hospital, a super specialty cancer hospital – had said it was impossible to give free drugs and consumables as directed by Delhi HC. The HC had given this direction to all hospitals which had been allotted land by the Centre at concessional rates. "Even government hospitals like AIIMS are not providing free medicines and consumables,'' it had said while pleading that if such a condition was insisted upon, the super specialty hospital would have no option but to shut down.

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