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Will prepare mechanism for redressal of complaints of overcharging by hospitals: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday said it will devise a mechanism for redressal of complaints related to overcharging by hospitals and doctors by hospitals and doctors. COVID-19 Patients during the second wave of the pandemic.

While issuing notice to the Centre, a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna said, “We will devise a mechanism to deal with such complaints.”

Advocate Krishna Ballabh Thakur, appearing for petitioner Abhinav Thapar, submitted that the patients had to face a lot of difficulties during the pandemic as many hospitals and doctors charged them more.

The bench said, “We understand the problem. Don’t worry, we will do something.” In his petition, Thapar has said that a direction be issued to the Center to constitute a committee at the state and district level to look into the medical bills and expenditure of Kovid-19 patients and their families. Investigate and audit expenses incurred.

 

He also sought directions to the Central and State Governments to direct the hospitals and doctors in their jurisdiction to refund the over-charged amount of such patients or if they have died then it should be given to their immediate family members. should be paid.

“There is no uniform policy and guideline till date with respect to refund of excess amount from patients at State level or Central level and COVID-19 patients and their families have been left at the mercy of private hospitals, which are exploiting the global Pandemic…”, the petition said.

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