In a landmark judgment that could have far reaching impact on availability of medical services to poor across the nation, the Supreme Court this week ordered 40 private, state-of-the-art multi-specialty hospitals in Delhi to give free medical treatment to poor patients.
The Supreme Court has categorically stated that this has to be followed by all private hospitals without any exception and for any disease or ailment.
Post this order, it has become mandatory for private hospitals to reserve 10% of their inpatient department capacity and 25% of OPD for free treatment of poor patients.
The private hospitals that suggested putting a cap on the cost of treatment that would come under the free category, they got a fitting reply from the court that as the bench said, “You are not required to provide five-star treatment. You may provide economical treatment to the poor patients.”