Monday, July 25, 2011

The poor are unwelcome in city’s private hospitals: SC

Supreme court of India made this observation on Monday.

“Go visit these places... nobody occupies the free beds. They know they are not welcome there,” a bench of Justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik told senior advocate Rohinton Nariman, appearing for Dharamshila Hospital.  

The private hospitals, allotted land on concessional rates, are obliged to provide 25 per cent free treatment in OPD and 10 per cent free beds to poor in IPD.  

It is quite sad that our supreme court has to make this observation. That in itself shows the state of affairs. Private hospitals make all sort of promises, get subsidized land to develop a hospital, but are not willing to shell out their part of the deal. Unless strict laws are in place, India and its people will always be taken for a ride.

Read the full report on Indian Express: The poor are unwelcome in city’s private hospitals: SC

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