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Cost of medical treatment exorbitant, govt has to do something: Supreme Court

Cost of medical treatment exorbitant, govt has to do something: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The “exorbitant” cost of medical treatment in India today drew attention of the Supreme Court which told the government  to “do something” as the people were unable to get treatment due to the “huge cost”.

The apex court’s remarks assume significance as the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had recently said that non-scheduled drugs and diagnostic services constituted major components of charges billed to patients in four private hospitals in Delhi and national capital region (NCR) with margins as high as 1,192 per cent.

As per an analysis done by the NPPA, the margin on procurement price of drugs used in emergency cases for treatment of potentially life-threatening low blood pressure was 1,192 per cent.

The drug pricing regulator had recently said that in case of Adrenor 2 ml injection with an MRP of Rs 189.95, the purchase price for the hospitals was Rs 14.70 but the patients were being charged Rs 5,318.60, including taxes.

“The cost of medical treatment is exorbitant in India. People are not getting medical treatment because of the huge cost. Government has to do something about it,” a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta said.

The top court’s remark came as it asked the Centre whether any study has been conducted on the effects of air pollution on the health of people and the amounts spent on medical treatment of such ailments.

Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, informed the bench that some study on the impact of air pollution on the health of people has been conducted while some studies on the issue were going on.

The bench also asked the Centre to give publicity to various steps being taken to tackle the issue of air pollution to make the people aware as to what was happening.

Nadkarni said they have already given publicity to such steps which have been finalised to deal with air pollution.

The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to look into the issue of air pollution on a nationwide basis and not confine it only to Delhi-NCR, saying it was a problem concerning the entire country.

The court was hearing a PIL filed in 1985 by environmentalist M C Mehta who had raised the issue of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR.

Source: PTI
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  1. I wonder what is the confusion in the minds of the judge. All they have to do is order the government to provide all the facilities provided by the private hospitals in the norms prescribed by the government itself in all the hospitals and to build all necessary hospitals with all the 5 star facilities. If the government doesn\’t do it. Dissolve the government comply, hold it in contempt of the court, dissolve it and apply presidents rule. Simple, let them do thos and all medical problem will be solved.
    Kai hind

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    ravikumar bhaskaran menon March 11, 2018, 8:01 pm

    Forget about cost. Doctors admit without reason and antibiotic abuse is done to JUSTIFY. One person died due to antibiotic abuse. The sessions court also helps the accused by stating that even if the antibiotic is NOT mentioned in the treatment summary, the accused can be acquitted.
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    Ashutosh Kumar Pandey August 18, 2018, 3:33 am

    So, if not admitted and by chance of worsens as does, it opens for and hospital to Law suit and potential cancellation of practice license. So don\’t gove sermons please.

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    Bhabani Chatterjee March 10, 2018, 4:06 pm

    1.Vulgar display of so called Pro-humanitarian attitude is the aim of all the pillars of Indian Democracy inclusive of the Media.
    2.Neither Central not State Governments allocate 5% of the total budget for health of people of India.More is spent for Politicians and for those who help perpetuating the status quo to contain grievances of countrymen
    3.Low cost clinical assessment and humanitarian services for people was kicked out by systemic legislations that compelled prescribing costly investigation and infrastructure based treatment (consumer courts will penalise if ultra modern investigation or infrastructure is not used to serve the businessmen investing in this field)
    4. Profit -sucking Corporate Hospital Owners get no punishment and exploited poorly-paid health workers are punished for fault of their employer.In Government Hospital for the lack of infrastructure and facilities to tackle huge quantity of patients doctors are being punished in India)
    5.Lawyers can go on strike to achieve their demands.Supreme Court ,High Courts have tacit support.But if Doctors raise demands for the betterment of the people all the four pillars will throttle doctors unitedly
    6.This kind of discrimination is violation of fundamental rights of Constitution of India.

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    Ashutosh Kumar Pandey August 18, 2018, 3:36 am

    By far the best besy comment

  6. First make law to be accessible to everyone

  7. It is so costly to hire a lawyer.what about there fees