New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to identify private hospitals, especially those that received land at a concessional rate from the government, which could treat Covid-19 patients either free or for nominal fees. A three-judge bench led by chief justice of India SA Bobde asked solicitor general Tushar Mehta to get back to the court on this within a week. The top court was hearing a PIL, filed by lawyer Sachin Jain, accusing private hospitals of profiting off the miseries of the people. The petition had accused private hospitals of charging Rs 10-12 lakh as minimum hospitalisation charges of a virus patient. At the outset, the CJI demanded to know why hospitals which had received state largesse by way of land at concessional rates could not treat people affected by corona for free. Or at least charge nominal fees which cover their costs from patients. “You identify all those hospitals and find out. See whether these hospitals can charge minimum costs … [Read more...] about Identify pvt hospitals that can treat for free: SC tells Centre
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