Delhi: Two private hospitals told to pay up for profiting fr
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The petitions committee of the Delhi assembly had in September carried out a surprise inspection of two private hospitals in south Delhi to ascertain whether these were fulfilling their obligations to provide free service to the economically weaker sections. The committee found out that these two hospitals were making an unwarranted profit by giving away EWS beds to paid patients and hence asked them to pay Rs 10.60 crore and Rs 36.30 crore respectively.

The Delhi government had written to the 43 identified private hospitals, seeking detailed information on the date of possession of land, services provided and money saved by not providing free treatment to poor patients under EWS category. But in spite of multiple reminders and notices, the hospitals had failed to make the EWS admission process transparent. The additional secretary, health and family welfare, recently held a meeting to discuss steps to be taken for optimum utilization of EWS beds..

All private hospitals who have got land on concessional rates must affix a 10X6 feet board at the entry and exit gates declaring this. It should also mention that EWS patients can, therefore, avail free treatment to the extent of 10% IPD and 25% of total OPD quota. One of the two hospitals was charging poor patients for medicines, while the display board of the other hospital was not in place.

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