NEW DELHI: Delhi high court has refused to direct authorities to fix uniform rates to be charged by private nursing homes and hospitals as the amount would depend upon the nature and type of disease as well as the quality of treatment provided.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar recently dismissed a PIL seeking directions to Delhi government to issue a notification on bringing uniformity in charges levied by private nursing homes and hospitals in the capital.
The court pointed out that charges levied by a private nursing home or hospital would also depend upon the facilities available with them and there can’t be a direction to make this uniform across the board.
“Looking to the prayers made in this writ petition, there cannot be uniformity in charging of rates by private nursing homes and hospitals from the patients falling under general category. All private nursing homes and hospitals cannot be equated with respect to the charges required to be paid by the patients. It depends upon the nature of disease/diagnosis of the patients and the type of treatment given by the private homes/hospitals. Even otherwise, the charges to be paid by the patients as levied by the private nursing homes and hospitals depend upon the facilities available with them. Hence, we see no reason to entertain this writ petition,” the court noted.
Declining to issue directions on a PIL by an NGO, the bench also noted in its judgment that the charges depend upon a variety of factors, including number of facilities being provided by the private nursing homes and hospitals, the promptness in providing of services, efficiency of the staff and quality of services provided.
NGO Legal Forum for Women Empowerment had not only sought uniformity in charges of private nursing homes and hospitals, but also a mechanism to help public lodge complaints or raise grievances against any malpractice by such entities.