The Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 ruled that all private hospitals in Delhiu, which were given land on concessional rate, must provide free treatment to certain percentage of poor patients.
The court added that the provision of free treatment to the poor was one of the clauses in the lease deed due to which land was given to hospitals at a very cheap price.
• A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said any resistance by the hospitals in providing free treatment would lead to cancellation of the lease.
• It is mandatory for private hospitals, built on land allocated by the government on concessional rates, to provide 10 percent treatment to In Patient Department (IPD) and 25 percent to Out Patient Department (OPD) for free.
• The bench will monitor functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost.
• The court also sought periodical report on compliance of its order from the Delhi government.
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