Delhi’s government asks private hospitals why they aren’t providing free care to the poor

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7833
  1. Mohuya Chaudhuri
  1. 1New Delhi

The High Court in Delhi has written to 10 leading private hospitals asking them to explain why they have not complied with an order passed a decade ago that they must treat a proportion of poor patients free of charge.

On 15 November 2002 the government of the National Capital Territory gave some 43 hospitals in Delhi land at minimal costs with the proviso that at least 10% of beds be reserved for poor people, who would be given free treatment when admitted as inpatients, and that 25% of patients would get free drugs …

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