Action on Delhi Private Hospitals Grievances

A few months back in June, many of you raised and commented on the matter of Private Hospitals of Delhi taking undue land/income tax benefits and not treating EWS patents. We have raised the matter with Health Minister, Delhi Government and are awaiting actions. Below is one of the media articles covering the same.

Delhi's private hospitals give cold shoulder to the poor

As per the Delhi government's reply to an RTI application, private hospitals are obligated to treat EWS patients free of cost.
No country for the poor, is what the National capital is fast becoming so far as access to quality healthcare goes. This startling revelation was revealed by a Delhi government's reply to an RTI application.
According to the reply, the Delhi government has informed that all such private hospitals in Delhi that are obligated to treat Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) patients in lieu of having allotted government land in cheap rates, admitted a measley number of such patients per year since 2010. According to Delhi government records the city has got 42 such hospitals.

In response to an RTI filed by the India chapter of corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), the Directorate of Health Services informed that since January 2010, all these hospitals had treated 500 to 850 such patients in an average every year till 2014 their in patient departments (IPD). From January to May this year, they treated around nine patients on an average from the economically weaker sections of the society.
Another shocking RTI revelation revealed that these hospitals had almost failed to cater to the poor sections of government servants. From April 2011 to March 2015 the number of patients from C and D groups of government servants who got treatment at these 42 hospitals in their OPD was 4, 27, 18, 26 and 35 in the corresponding years. Interestingly, only 2 patients of these classes were treated in the IPDs of these hospitals in 2010-11; 7 in 2011-12; 1 and 2 in the subsequent years; and none between April 2014 to March 2015.
While Class C includes head clerks and section heads, police head constables, army havildars among others, Class D includes manual workers, lower division clerks, drivers to name a few.
Ironically, the Directorate of Health Services has denied having any knowledge of the number of such private hospitals which got land at subsidised rates from the government and that they were under obligation to treat EWS patients free of cost.
While Mail Today contacted several of these hospitals, such as Max Hospital, Rockland Hospital and Apollo Hospital, they refused to comment. TI also told Mail Today that they had also written to Delhi's health minister Satyendra Jain, but got no response from him. "We wrote to the minister highligting these problems on August 5, but we have not heard from him since," said Ashutosh Kumar Mishra, Executive Director of TI-India.

"This is an extremely sad situation where these patients are denied treatment in hospitals, though the condition is now improving in some of the hospitals," EWS Monitoring Committee member Ashok Aggarwal told Mail Today. more  

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this state of affair is not just limited to Delhi but is there every where. If i am not wrong corporate hospitals reap huge tax benefits and other subsidies and then flees the public. are they serving the mandatory number of poor people free of cost do they put up the list for cross any govt. office takes care of this ???????? more  
When Govt. is collecting income tax when we are working then why does not provide social security like free hospital treatment etc.? more  
Why only EWS there are other category of citizens also who can't afford abnormally high charges.Most of the hospitals/Dr. don't display their tariff card.At least the Govt. should made it compulsory for each Dr./Nursing home/hospital to display their tariff at prominent place.A copy of the same should be made available to IMA and local officers,so that in case of any dispute they can take up issue with the appropriate authorities.There is no record of consumables in the operation theater even the patient doesn't know who is operating.In fact video graphy of each operation should be made mandatory and a copy of the same must be given with the discharge certificate. more  
There needs to be clear mandate for all pvt hospitals It can't be just a simple suggestion that no one can be refused treatment. Some hospitals have free treatment for say 30%EWS patients. That is at least very clear and then they can have another category where they charge very nominal fees. They however overcharge paying patients often unfairly. So they rob Peter to pay Paul. I think a set of guidelines would help. We need policies and standards. more  
Corruption has entered our hemoglobin.I am fighting against corruption for more than 6 decades but now getting frustrated. I have lodged complaints to various agencies like Jago Grahak Jago, Pahredar of CNBC Awaz,Consumer court Ghaziabad, Public grievance portal of Govt. of India but no result. They are eye wash,only advertising about them selves. some time take small issues and make big publicity. Jayen to jayen kanha?I remember two lines Ghar ghar Lanka jan jan Raawan itne Raam kahan se laun? In India take bribe and give bribe should be your mantra if you want to survive. An honest Railway engineer Saurabh has been brutally killed in Kharagpur as he wanted to be honest.Police is trying to show it as a case of snake bite.How to console this young engineers parents.I am frustrated. more  
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