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Gujarat HC To State: Private Hospitals Should Not Be Permitted to Charge Exorbitant Amounts for Treatment Of COVID-19 Patients [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 19 May 2020 9:52pm

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May 14, 2020: The Gujarat High Court Division Bench comprising justices J. B. Pardiwala and Ilesh J. Vora directed the State of Gujarat that private hospitals cannot charge exorbitant fees for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The same bench had last week on May 11, 2020, directed the State Government to take necessary steps to regulate the exorbitant fees charged by private hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients.

The Court made few suggestions to be considered by the State authorities, as follows:

1. It laid down the fact that the gravest and serious problem as on date within the State is hunger. People are without food, more particularly, the migrants, the laborers, and the people hailing from the poor and downtrodden class of the society. In this regard, the Court directed the State authorities to see that during the period of lockdown, some modalities be worked out by virtue of which few selected and trustworthy NGOs, volunteers and charitable institutions can be asked to provide food to the poor and the needy.

2.     It directed the State to see that at any cost, the private hospitals should not be permitted to demand exorbitant amounts for the purpose of treatment of COVID19 patients. The Court noted in this regard that, “these are difficult times and not the time to do business and earn profit. The medical services are the most essential services and in times like the present one, the hospitals cannot demand lacs of rupees from a patient. This direction had to be passed as all government hospitals in Ahmedabad are… Continue Reading...


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