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Overcharging by private hospitals: Madras high court seeks details of complaints

CHENNAI: Taking judicial cognizance of the cases of overcharging by private hospitals for Covid-19 treatment and various other related issues, the Madras High Court has given the Government of Tamil Nadu the details of such complaints and how to address the issues Has instructed.

A division bench of Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R Suresh Kumar said that details of the expenses to be incurred for such treatment in private hospitals would have to be given. Said on Tuesday.

The judges then reprimanded the central government and directed both the state and the center to file a counter regarding treatment and management of Covid-19 disease in government hospitals as well as private hospitals.

The court passed an interim order on a petition filed by advocate S Jimraj Milton challenging the government order to allow private hospitals to deposit fees for Covid-19 treatment.

“Both the Pandemic Act and the Disaster Management Act state that it is the duty of the state to provide appropriate treatment to people during an epidemic. Such patients should be provided free treatment at the nearest available hospital and the state should reimburse the hospital,” Advocate. Balan Haridas, representing the petitioner, said.

He said that the Act empowered the state to control the management of private hospitals during epidemics. In response to the submission, Government Advocate V. Jayaprakash Narayan said that he would file a detailed reply to the petition and asked for two weeks.

Denying such time, the bench said that every case related to Covid-19 is a contingency case and directed the state to file a counter by June 16.

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