Private hospitals should provide treatment at fixed cost under Ayushman Yojana?
New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the central government today if the private hospitals are built on subsidized land acquired from the government. Such hospitals can be asked to provide treatment at a fixed price under the Ayushman Yojana.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice A. S. Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy asked this to the central government during the hearing of Sachin Jain’s petition. The court also asked the private hospitals whether they were willing to provide treatment at the fixed price under the Ayushman Yojana. The court asked the center and private hospitals to file their reply within two weeks.
The court has made it clear that only private hospitals or the hospitals built under charitable trusts which have been given land by the government at a discounted price will be included in the hearing of the case. Judge Bobde said the apex court had ruled that such hospitals should treat some patients for free.
“We are already working on it,” said Harish Salve, a senior lawyer representing the Healthcare Federation. Anyone who gets land at a discounted rate is providing free beds and treatment to 25% of patients. Mr. Salve’s argument was also supported by Mukul Rohatgi, a lawyer who appeared on behalf of the Private Hospitals Association.