Provide free treatment to poor: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday directed private hospitals in the national capital to provide free treatment to poor patients and recover the cost from sponsorship and endowments.

An apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik said the hospitals will provide free treatment to poor patients -- 25 percent of Out Patient Department (OPD) patients and 10 percent of the indoor category.

The order is applicable to hospitals which have been allotted land by the Delhi government at concessional rates.

It came in the wake of the hearing of a petition by some private hospitals challenging the Delhi High Court order directing them to provide free treatment to poor patients.


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