Delhi High Court Slams Apollo Hospital

by Rajashri on  September 23, 2009 at 9:27 PM Hospital News
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 Delhi High Court Slams Apollo Hospital
The Delhi High Court today ruled that health care is a fundamental right and asked Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to reserve at leas 200 beds for the poor and to provide free treatment as well.

A division bench of chief justice A P Shah and justice Manmohan directed the hospital to keep its agreement with the state government and provide free treatment to 40% of poor patients in OPD and 33% in Indoor Patient Department..

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"Poor people have been deprived of their right to free treatment and right to health is a fundamental right of every citizen... not only the government but also individual, group of individuals and NGOs are obliged to ensure it,'' the court said.

The ruling was made following a PIL filed by NGO All India Lawyers Union. The hospital has also been fined Rs 2 lakh.

Source: Medindia

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Its a classic case of failure of PPP model in Healthcare in India. The largest number of beds in the Apollo Hospital at Delhi are multibed general ward, which are used by middle class and poor patients. The total cost of treatment at this hospital is linked to the class of bed i.e. in case a patient gets admitted in higher class like single room he has to pay 50-60 percent higher cost in total and not just the higher difference of bed / room tariff.
In 2004 the General Ward tariff of the Apollo Hospital in Delhi was Rs 1000 per day. In 2009 i.e at present the same tariff has been hiked to Rs 2700/- per day. In the last five years the hospital has hiked its bed charges (implying total treatment cost) for the lowest category by 2700 percent, while the Consumer Price Index has gone up by only 53 percent in last 9 years since 2001 as per the statistics on the GOI
The Delhi Government officials sitting on the board of IMCL who are supposed to represent the interests of the poor in delhi - Have they ever questioned the massive hike in cost of treatment by Apollo Hospital Management or the violation of project terms in last 15 years ??


Apollo was started and run by the scoundrel and blaggard P>C Reddy a third rate medico who has surpassed all realms of medical ethics and civic responsibilities by usurping public property both in Delhi and Chennai to enhance his familys bank balances at the expense of public taxes and land in the name of healthcare. Govt. officials and judges take free treatment in his facilities while middleclass people are fleeced. His ingenuity in profiting from a corrupt system must be however chapeaued as not evryone could have built a fortune of this size in 25 years through manipulation.

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