Kejriwal Government Slaps 600 Cr Fine on Hospitals – If you are not giving Free treatments to poor be ready for Fine

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Arvind Kejriwal - AAP
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When you want free land for your business you ready to accept any clause but when its time to follow you forgot that’s the trend in private medical units for long in any part of the country.

But now Delhi has a different seen for any violator in question as The Delhi government has asked five private hospitals in the city, including Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Max Super Specialty Hospital (Saket), to deposit “unwarranted profits” of over Rs. 700 crore for refusing free treatment to the poor, land was allotted on the condition of lease that poor will get free treatments.

Dr Hem Prakash, additional director (EWS) in the Health Department, told that five hospitals in the list as Max Super Specialty Hospital (Saket), Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Shanti Mukand Hospital, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute has been provided low cost lands at a special rates between 1960 and 1990 under agreed condition that they will treat free of cost for the poors.

“These five hospitals have not abide by the conditions. We had earlier in December 2015, sent notices to these hospitals seeking their explanation as to why they failed to treat the poor and why they should not be fined. But none of them gave satisfactory replies so we initiated action against them,” said Dr Prakash.

“The penalty has been imposed on the basis of a High Court order passed in 2007 on a PIL demanding implementation of the provision of free treatment to poor and action against the erring hospitals. And the fine amount has been calculated accordingly,” he said.

The private hospitals have been ordered to pay the fine by July 9, failing which further strict action will be initiated against them.

Total 43 private hospitals in Delhi were allotted land at concessional rates on the condition that they will keep 10 per cent of their in-patient department capacity and 25 per cent of out-patient department capacity to treat EWS patients free of cost.

Fortis Healthcare’s subsidiary Escort Heart Institute and Research Centre has to deposit Rs. 503.36 crore as fine for violating preconditions of land allotment lease.

“The management will challenge the same in the High Court of Delhi or such relevant authority to seek suitable legal remedies available to it under law,” the hospital said in a statement.

 

Devki Devi Foundation, of which Max-Super Speciality Hospital in Saket is a unit, said,

“We believe the order is unfair to us, we stand fully committed to discharging all our obligations towards economically weaker sections (EWS). We are extremely serious towards fulfilling our obligations. While we study the order in detail, we will prefer an appeal against this order in the appropriate forum.”

Director of Dharamshila Cancer Hospital Suversha Khanna said they will challenge the order in the court. Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute and Shanti Mukand Hospital could not be contacted.

What ever the units says it is a fact that poor are not getting the required service in the quantum they should get.

Delhi Government has done the right thing to put the chain on the violators of the public service. Healthcare is a nightmare for any poor and people with financial difficulties.

Let’s see how the final outcome goes as people are smart enough to get the holes through the system to get them out of the claws of the Law.