‘Fundamental right to health included affordable treatment’: Supreme Court digests cap on fee charged by private hospitals

19th Dec

‘Fundamental right to health included affordable treatment’: Supreme Court digests cap on fee charged by private hospitals

The Supreme Court has observed that fundamental right to health includes affordable treatment.
The division bench comprising of justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subash Reddy and MR Shah observed that, either more and more provisions are to be made by the state government and the local administration or there shall be cap on the fees charged by the private hospitals which can be in exercise of the powers under the disaster management act.
The court observed that, it is the duty of the state to make provisions for affordable treatment and more number of provisions should be there in the hospitals which should be run by the state or the local administration. The court highlighted that the COVID 19 is a world war. It can be fought collectively. Therefore, there shall be government public partnership to avoid world war against COVID pandemic.
The court added that there shall be more and more testing and to declare the correct facts and figures. The court said that, one must be transparent in number of testing and declaring the facts and figures of the persons who are Corona positive. Otherwise the people will misled and they will be under impression that everything is all right and they will become careless and negligent.
The court highlighted over the point that, “right to health is a fundamental right guaranteed under article 21 of the Indian constitution. It includes affordable treatment. Therefore, it is the duty of the state to naked provisions for affordable treatment and more and more provisions in the hospitals to be run by the government.