Thursday, April 5, 2012
FREE BEDS FACILITY IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS FOR POOR
On April 03, 2012, a meeting took place in Delhi Secretariat on the invitation from the Delhi Principal Secretary (Health) to work out more smooth ways and means to implement Supreme Court and Delhi High Court orders directing private hospitals situated on public lands to provide totally free treatment to the extent of 10% IPD and 25% OPD to the patients belonging to economically weaker section (EWS). Members of the monitoring committee, representatives from government-run hospitals and representatives from identified private hospitals participated in the meeting. At present, there are 43 identified private hospitals with nearly 800 free-beds facility. It is expected that now private dispensaries situated on public lands would also be included for the purpose of providing free-treatment to the EWS patients. Mr. Ashok Agarwal, advocate and member of the monitoring committee suggested for opening of 24X7 Helpline by Delhi Government for the help of EWS patients. The principal secretary(Health) has given a clear message to all the identified private hospitals that strict action would be taken against the defaulting hospitals. It was again clarified that EWS patient from any part of the country would be eligible to get totally free treatment in the identified private hospitals. It was further clarified that mere declaration by the patient or his/her relative in regard to the family income would be sufficient proof and no hospital would insist for producing any kind of documentary proof.