Protecting the rights of patients: Inputs Sought
Below are the highlights of the bill and we would like to seek your inputs on how the next Government should atleast get those states where it is in power to adopt such a bill. It will make healthcare citizen oriented in the country.
Below are the highlights of the bill:
Licenses can be revoked in case a medical institution refuses to provide preliminary medical aid to victims of a road accident, sudden calamities, rape and acid attack notwithstanding their financial condition
No person can be denied life-saving medical treatment irrespective of one's financial condition. However, the medical institution can later recover the charges
Private hospitals and nursing homes will also risk paying a compensation of up to Rs 10 lakh for negligence on its part if it results in the patient's death.
Hospitals have been mandated to release the dead body of patients even if the next of the kin is not able to settle the outstanding dues. However, the hospital can recover dues later
Every clinical establishment has to strictly follow the fixed rates and charges including package rates for investigation, bed charges, operation theatre procedures, intensive care, ventilation, implants, consultation and similar tests and procedures, and any additional treatment or procedure shall not attract additional charge. Repetitive laboratory tests are strictly discouraged
The Bill has mandated all private hospitals, which have been set up on government land or enjoys other facility, to compulsorily provide free treatment to 20 per cent outdoor patients and 10 per cent indoor patients as part of their corporate social responsibility
Bill also asks hospitals having more than 100 beds to set up fair price medicine shops and diagnostic centres
As many as 24 conditions, resulting in a cancellation of licenses, have been listed in the Bill
The government is going to set up a regulatory commission, which has the power to cancel licenses and impose a penalty of up to Rs 50 lakh, headed by either a high court Judge or chief secretary of the state. The commission will regulate and monitor the enforcement of the conditions listed in the Bill. more
On the other hand when a nursing home/hospital is treated on par with any other commercial establishment, is it reasonable to expect them to work on no loss no profit basis?
Col (Dr) A P Gupta (Retd) more
* All Government H.Q. Hospitals should have all the investigative facilities from Scans to the x-ray and lab investigation facilities . No patient should be sent to Private Hospital or Investigating facilities . Normal case in Government hospitals is that , Machine or facility is not there or is under repair , no spares ,no films , no printer and so on .
* Like wise the H.Q.Hospitals should have all the Specialists on full time or at least on part time basis . When in part time basis should be available on definite days and definite time .
* Like wise Medicines should also be available . As the major portion of the budget is utilized for medicines that are pushed by Pharma companies , availability of Essential and rare medicines take a beating .
* ALL GOVERNMENT DOCTORS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE DURING THEIR DUTY HOURS . ABSENTEEISM SHOULDN'T BE TOLERATED. more