“The Supreme Court of India gave private Delhi hospitals the mandate to administer free treatment to poor patients referred to them by government institutions. This arrangement would be in effect until private hospitals and the government are able to form a common policy on free treatment to poor patients. Until the policy is put in place, the Court has ordered hospitals to maintain a separate account of incurred expenses of treating poor patients. The Court has also asked private hospitals to submit proposals on free treatment immediately.”
Implications from IFTF:
These are the sorts of policies where the devil really is in the details. How does the Supreme Court define poor patients? How do hospitals define poor people?
Intellecap August 2011, page 14