Cracking down on private hospitals in Delhi , the Delhi Government on Monday issued a draft advisory forbidding them from levying arbitrary charges like donations, forcing patients to buy medicines from hospital pharmacies and asking them to sell medicines and consumables at MRP.
The draft advisory, which will be notified in 30 days after public consultations, also said that the hospitals cannot refuse to hand over ”bodies” of the patients who died during at the time of treatment due to ‘pending payment’ by their families or any other reason,
Addressing a press conference here, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said,”private hospitals cannot force patients to buy drugs from their own pharmacies. No patient can be turned away in emergency situation for any reason.”
The Delhi Government has issued the advisory to discipline Private Hospitals and invited public suggestions on the draft as proposed. Rule will be notified in 30 days after public consultation. ”Medicines and consumables will be charged at MRP or maximum 50 per cent of purchase price.
Doctors to prescribe 376 drugs in National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) in 1st preference. For unscheduled second surgery 50 per cent of cost will be charged, ” the draft advisory said.
“Delhi Government will give directions to private hospitals to prescribe medicines according to the NLEM list of 376 drugs mentioned in the central government list,” Mr Jain said.
As per the advisory,”Delhi Government orders Private hospitals that they can not force or make compulsory to purchase medicine from hospital pharmacy. People can buy from outside the hospital wherever it is cheaper,”
“No hospital will be allowed to charge arbitrary charges to patients like donations or billing charges. It will be strictly prohibited in all hospitals,” he said.
“We are changing the rules by which private hospital cannot sell medicines for not more than Purchase Price +50 per cent Margin and whosoever will not follow this direction will be penalised heavily,” the Delhi Health Minister said.