Patients detained by hospitals for not paying bills, Bombay HC directs state to come up with redressal mechanism in six weeks

The High Court was hearings several petitions regarding patients being detained by hospitals as their families and relatives could not pay their medical bills.

| Mumbai | Published: August 4, 2016 2:48 am

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted the state government six weeks to put in place a redressal mechanism in cases where patients are illegally detained for non-payment of bills.

The High Court was hearings several petitions regarding patients being detained by hospitals as their families and relatives could not pay their medical bills.

The petitions said there were many instances where patients were detained or bodies were not handed over to families due to non-payment of bills.

The state government had formed a committee, in compliance with earlier court orders, for coming up with the redressal mechanism to deal with such cases and the court had granted it till July 31 to submit its recommendations.

The state government Wednesday sought six more weeks to find solutions adding that there was still some fear over recovery of medical bills in such cases.

Appearing for the state government, additional public prosecutor Mankunwar Deshmukh informed the court that they were still working on the mechanism.

“The mechanism will also be set up at the district level. All the issues were discussed at two meetings, but there is reservation of releasing patients as non-recovery of bills will lead to loss to hospitals,” said Mankunwar.

“We find that relevant issues have been discussed in the meetings. We grant government six weeks so that certain solutions can be evolved,” said the court.

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