Delhi Govt’s draft policy a bitter pill for private hospitals

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Delhi Govt’s draft policy a bitter pill for private hospitals

While most doctors, owners of nursing homes and experts say the advisory is harsh and may affect patient care, the Health Minister insists it will increase transparency

While the common man has welcomed the Delhi government’s draft policy that aims to cap profits of private hospitals and cut medical costs, experts are concerned about the debilitating impact it may have on the health sector.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain recently announced a draft policy, which has provisions to control what he called “exploitative profit” made by private hospitals and nursing homes through “overcharging patients for medicines, investigations and other medical procedures”.

Many in the health sector, however, said the draft policy is not realistic.

“It [draft policy] is a joke which has not been thought out properly,” said D.S. Rana, chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Dr. Rana said regulating prices to benefit the poor may be a good move but cutting down profits to a level that hospitals become a bad investment will help no one in the long run.

“Why can’t the government look at making its own hospitals so good that people do not have to got to private hospitals,” he asked.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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