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Cost is no deterrent for Covid treatment says Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Tuesday said that the sky-high price of Covid treatment should not dissuade people from going to private hospitals and hence asked petitioners and the private hospital representatives to seek advice in order to prune the treatment cost.

Chief justice S.A Bobde and Justice R.S Reddy and A.S Bopanna guided the petitioners to the health ministry and decided for a discussion to be held on July 16. Hence, implying that the decision to be taken within two weeks. 

“We completely agree that the cost of medical treatment should not act as a deterrent against access to medical care, particularly in the present time, and no one should be turned away from hospitals because the cost of treatment is too high,” the bench said.

The petition was filed by Advocate Sachin Jain on behalf of the people suffering seeking to cut off a margin cost of treatment in private hospitals. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Union government along with the state government has put in a cost fixation regime which will vary from place to place depending on the cost of hospitalization.

Article Written By Ompriya Sahoo

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