The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought a cap on the treatment cost for COVID-19 at private hospitals. While the Centre says this decision should be left to state governments, private hospitals have argued that a price cap is grievously hurting them. They also opposed capping treatment costs for patients covered under health insurance or those who have co-morbidities.
At least 10 states, including the states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana have set a ceiling on the treatment cost, though the rates are different in each state. The Supreme Court will hear the case again after two weeks.
To take the discussion forward, CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan spoke To Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Managing Director and CEO of Fortis Healthcare; Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals; and Dr. Alok Roy, Chairman of Medica Group of Hospitals.