NGOs, unions push for passage of bill

Sreemoyee Chatterjee| TNN | Jun 17, 2017, 05.22 PM IST
BENGALURU: The controversial Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017, has received support from non-profit organizations and workers’ unions representing various strata of society.

Backers of the bill have written to all state MLAs, requesting them to ensure its early passage to curb practices like heft pricing in private hospitals.

“Price control in private hospitals, protection of rights of patients and a facility for patients to file their complaints with associations authorized by the civil court under the district level, are the main aspects of the bill. It ensures that private hospitals don’t demand money during emergencies and while discharging patients’ bodies in case of death, read the letter written by Karnataka Janarogya and Karnataka Janashakthi, Safai Karmachari Kavalu Samiti, Swaraj Abhiyan, Karnataka Sex Workers’ Union, Corruption Free Karnataka, NGO Sangama and other associations.

The letter also said that by ending ‘Cut and Commission’ in private hospitals and illegal methods of making money from patients, the responsibility of hospitals can be raised. The groups also said the government should not yield to the corporate and private hospital lobby and implement it.

No surgeries under government schemes

Every politician and policy maker has been criticizing doctors from the private sector for some years now, and we have kept apologizing and finding our own faults but have never spoken against it. Every month there is some law that keeps hurting us, unless the entire medical fraternity comes together and raises its voice against it. We will not perform surgeries under government health schemes till they change their attitude towards private healthcare.
Dr Devi Shetty | chairman and founder, Narayana Health

Capping will impair growth of sector

There are certain elements in the bill that are in the interest of people. Treating emergencies without payment is a good move but fixing the price of a procedure/ treatment should be done only with mutual consent and is debatable. We are yet to get clarity from the government on the kind of pricing they are considering. Pricing depends on infrastructure and facilities, and capping will impair the growth of the sector. Rates cannot be fixed as individual line of treatment is different and so is individual response.
Dr Sudarshan Ballal | chairman, Manipal Hospitals


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