In view of many hospitals becoming 100 percent Covid-19 hospitals and allegations of over-pricing against private hospitals, the Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Government to examine and take an appropriate decision on charges being levied by private hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
The bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh, while hearing Covid-19 related issues, directed the Delhi government to submit a report on the matter on May 24.
The bench was apprised that by the order dated June 20, 2020, the Delhi government had set a cap on charges for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in private hospitals, which were then providing 60 percent beds coronavirus patients.
The Court said that now with several hospitals serving as 100 percent Covid facilities, the Delhi government is directed to look into the said aspect, in furtherance of the said order.
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 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,” the bench added.