The Supreme Court of India has decided to hear a plea seeking directions to add more private hospitals in the wake of Covid-19 and its spreading. The matter will be heard by a three-judge of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice M.R. Shah & Justice V. Ramasubramanian via video conferencing on Friday. The plea has requested the bench to frame a mechanism for patients to avail affordable healthcare services from the private facilities. In order to avoid commercial exploitation by the insurance firms, the petitioner seeks directions for the court to fix and regulated the cost of treatment. The petitioner alleged that the private hospitals are making money amidst the national crisis when they should be contributing to the society.
The petitioner has also sought directions for claims to be settled in time-bound manner i.e. within 24 hours of the claim, and minimum to the tune of the cost of the treatment that is fixed by the respondents.
He added that it will reduce the burden on the government and help those who are willing to opt and can afford for quality healthcare whereas the private hospitals are concerned that it would put a strain of their resources and that they are not receiving any support from the government.
By: Karman Kaur