On the question of whether Government is planning to introduce any regulatory mechanism to monitor pricing in private hospitals and stop them from charging exorbitant fees, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare stated that Health being a state subject, it is the responsibility of the respective State/UT Government to introduce any regulatory mechanism to monitor pricing in private hospitals and to stop them from charging exorbitant fees.
However, Government has enacted Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act 2010 and notified Clinical Establishments Rules 2012 for registration and regulation of the Clinical Establishments including private hospitals. The States/UTs are required to adopt the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act 2010 under Article 252 of the Constitution.
The Clinical Establishments Rules 2012, under the above mentioned Act, provide as under:-
· The clinical establishments shall display the rates charged for each type of services provided and facilities available at a conspicuous place in the local as well as English language.
· The clinical establishments shall charge the rates for each type of procedures and services with in the range of rates determined and issued by the Central Government from time to time in consultation with the State Governments.
The Health Minister was replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.