SC to CG: FINDOUT PRIVATE HOSPITAL WHICH CAN RENDER COST EFFECTIVE OR FREE TREATEMNT TO COVID-19 PATIENTS

(By- Satyajit Pattanaik)

Making fortune out of the miseries of the people suffering from deadly virus in the hour of national crisis will not be entertained.”

Considering  the importance of the corona free India, and to eliminate the exploitation caused by the private hospitals towards the people suffering from the deadly corona disease, the supreme court  ordered the centre to make a list of private hospitals which afford to give cost effective and free treatment to the people suffering from the corona disease.   A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & Hrishikesh Roy on 27th May, 2020 passed the aforesaid order. 

The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the Union and stated that the cost of treatment in private hospitals for Covid-19 across the country and pointed out that, this is a policy decision ought to be taken by the centre. It was also pleaded that the issue relating to the cost regulation to the private and corporate entities are consider the treatment relating to Covid-19 as matter of urgent consideration as a number of private hospitals are claimed to be exploiting the patient suffering from the deadly virus i.e. to make fortune out of their miseries in the hour of national crisis. 

It was also submitted that “If such inflated billing by the private hospitals can become a cause of concern for the insurance industry, what will be the plight of a common man who neither has a fat wallet nor an insurance cover to reimburse, in case, he requires hospitalization in a private hospital. It is a matter of grave concern that a large section of people in India still do not possess any insurance cover and are also not benefitted under any government health scheme.”