Paying patients may have to pick up tab


NEW DELHI: September 02, 2011 – The 10 multispecialty private hospitals directed to treat poor patients free of cost have promised to abide by the Supreme Court order. However , they have also hinted at passing on the costs to paying patients. After the court announced its order on Thursday, the hospitals said poor patients will not be charged for medication, treatment, surgery, nursing , consumables and nonconsumables ; however, since their financial burden will go up they might need to increase charges for other patients.


As per the court order, private hospitals that have got land at concessional rates should reserve 25% of their out-patient department capacity and 10% of beds at the indoor level for free treatment of the poor. Hospitals charging such patients can face prosecution for contempt of court.


Dr DK Baluja, medical director of Jaipur Golden hospital, said, “We will abide by the court decision. To meet the financial burden caused by increased expenses in treating the poor patients we might increase charges for paying patients and undertake in-house cost cutting measures.”


Executive director of Dharamshila Cancer Hospital , Dr Suvarsha Khanna, said palliative care for cancer patients, which includes long-term chemotherapy and radiation treatment, costs several lakh rupees. “If everybody has to be treated with drugs and disposables for free, the hospital will not be able to sustain itself for long. We will not be able to add newer technology and the quality of our services might get affected,” she said. Read more

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About Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Ph.D., D. Litt., D Sc. (H.C), Editor-in-Chief of International Reporter, Chairman Media International Ltd., Born on 15 January 1927 in Montgomery, now in Pakistan. Internationally known, man of letters with over dozen of books and thousands of articles to his credit on various subjects including theories on the Creation of the Universe, the Black Holes, Supernovas and other functions of the Universe, Nature and Life , which he described both ways, philosophically and scientifically. He further elaborated how the entire Cosmos were formed. He holds spiritual wisdom of predicting and curing powers of the human problems, so much so, he is popularly known as Destiny Repairer, hence people call him with respect as Swamy Ji. He got the privilege of leading various Parliamentary Delegations abroad on good will missions; he also got the privilege of being invited by differnt Heads of State on state visits. He is the Founder of God Believers (GBA) who place belief in “FAITH”, Universal Modern Religion. FAITH is not a religion but a human service, an encyclopedia of creating healthy balance between Science and God. The main purpose of this mission is to defend the Identity of God from Scientists on one hand and to help fight Global Environmental Abuses, to create awareness of high risks of Excessive Nuclear Stockpiles, global service to the Human Rights and Justice on the other. He is a very simple man, he commands special respect as a holy man with high spiritualism and people address him as His Holiness. He is equally dedicated to the cause of media and journalism where he has been serving the people through his writing for over 50 years; he has also served as Member of Press Council of India. His main aim is to serve the humanity and all kinds of life on the Earth, to serve the elders, women and children, the blind, crippled, lepers and the needy, he is committed to save the Mother Earth from the abuses caused by humans and the nature through the social mission of God Believers (GBA), which also serves the World Peace. In short, he is a global social reformer. Google