Private hospitals under spotlight as coronavirus cases rise

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Treating patients for free?

According to a report published by TOI, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to identify private hospitals where Covid-19 infected patients could get treatment for free or at a nominal cost. “They have been given land either free of cost or at a very nominal rate. These charitable hospitals should treat patients for free,” the bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde observed.

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Setting an example

The Thane municipal corporation acquired private hospitals for treatment of Covid-19 patients. On Wednesday, the civic body had to threaten criminal cases against doctors and other staff of these hospitals as many of them remained absent from work.

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What the CAG says

A 2017 report by the Comptroller and Auditor General had said that income tax exemptions worth hundreds of crores have been given to hospitals claiming to be charitable institutes, but they may be doing little or no charity.

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The need of the hour

According to a TOI report, given the poor state of public healthcare in India, 55% of all hospitalisation happens in private hospitals, according to a government survey, though private hospitals are, on an average, up to seven times more expensive than government hospitals.

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