SC asks Centre to identify hospitals

SC asks Centre to identify hospitals given free land, says they should treat COVID-19 patients for free or at nominal costs.

The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Centre to identify private hospitals where COVID-19 infected patients could get treatment for free or at a nominal cost.A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, hearing the matter via video-conferencing, observed that there are private hospitals which have been given land either free of cost or at nominal rates and they should treat coronavirus infected patients for free."You identify all those hospitals and find out," the bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. "They have been given land either free of cost or at a very nominal rate. These charitable hospitals should treat patients for free," the bench observed and posted the matter for hearing after one week.

Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the top court that this being a policy issue was required to be decided by the government. Mehta said he would file a response on the issue.The bench was hearing an application filed in a plea which has sought a direction for regulating the cost of treatment of COVID-19 at private hospitals

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