Delhi govt to regulate functioning of private hospitals

July 17, 2018 0 By CH Unnikrishnan

The Delhi government is in the process of framing guidelines to curb the practice of arbitrarily charging patients.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced the draft policy to regulate the functioning of private hospitals.

The draft lists out amendments proposed by an expert committee to the Delhi Nursing Homes Registration Rules. Clinical establishments in the National Capital Territory of Delhi can bill patients for non-essential drugs, disposables and consumables.

A nine-member committee was constituted by the AAP government to monitor the functioning of private hospitals in the national capital.
As per the proposal, private hospitals and nursing homes should limit their profit margins from medicines and consumables to not more than 50 per cent.

The draft policy prohibits hospitals from refusing to hand over bodies over pending bills.

Clinical establishments in the region should also ensure that rates of surgery packages should be transparent, without any hidden charges, and should disclose whether it covers any complications during the procedure, Jain said.

The draft also proposes the doctors at private hospitals and nursing homes preferably prescribe drugs from the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).