Health a state subject, says Govt on inflated bills reports of Pvt hospitals

Health a state subject, says Govt on inflated bills reports of Pvt hospitals

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New Delhi, Jun 21: Amid the reports of overcharging by the private healthcare establishments appearing at different platforms about some cases which have come to the notice of the Government, the Lok Sabha was on Friday informed that as per the constitutional provisions, ‘Health’ is a state subject, therefore, such reports are referred to the concerned state government for appropriate action.

Minister of State of Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, in a written reply here, said, ''Since ‘Health’ is a state subject, state governments may frame policy to address the unethical practices carried out by private hospitals under the appropriate statutory provisions applicable in the respective state.''

The Union Government has enacted Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 for registration and regulation of all clinical establishments (both Government and Private) in the country.

In accordance with the Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Rules, 2012 framed under the aforementioned Act, the clinical establishments (in the states/Union Territories where the said Act is applicable) are, inter-alia, required to follow Standard Treatment Guidelines as may be issued by Central, state governments, display their rates at a conspicuous place and charge the rates for each type of procedures and services within the range of rates determined from time to time in consultation with the state governments.

''The National Council for Clinical Establishments has developed a standard list of medical procedures and a standard template for costing of medical procedures, and the same have been shared with the states/UTs where the Act is applicable, for appropriate action. Its implementation and enforcement is within the purview of the state governments,'' said Mr Choubey. (UNI)