New Delhi, May 20 (ILNS) In view of the fact that many hospitals have now been converted into 100 percent COVID-19 hospitals and allegations of over-pricing by private hospitals, the Delhi High Court today directed the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to fix a cap on charges taken by private hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh, while hearing the COVID-19 related issues, directed the GNCTD to submit a report on the matter on May 24.
The Bench was apprised that by the order date June 20, 2020, the GNCTD had fixed a cap of charges for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at private hospitals, with hospitals providing 60 percent of beds for Novel Coronavirus patients.
The Court said that now with several hospitals serving as 100 percent Covid facility, the GNCTD is directed to look into the said aspect, in furtherance of the said order.
“We direct the Secretary, Health to convene a meeting with the hospitals and the association on the said aspect,” it added.
Amicus Curiae Rajshekhar Rao stated that in the May 14 meeting, two hospitals and nursing homes made submissions, suggesting that the prices be fixed for the beds and other facilities rate be fixed at the CGHS rate.
“We now leave it to the Principal Secretary, Health to examine the same and take an appropriate decision in the matter. We have no doubt that the decision taken would be a balanced decision, keeping in view all the stakeholders. Whatever decision is taken, should be placed before this court on May 24,” Mr Rao added. The Bench will reassemble at 2:30 pm. ILNS/KR/RJ