22 Mar 2023

Rajasthan Right to Health Bill: People Will Now Get Emergency Care In Private Hospitals Without Any Pre-payment

Jaipur: Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to pass the Right to Health Bill. The Rajasthan Assembly has passed the Rajasthan Right to Health (RTH) Bill 2022, where people of the state will be entitled to emergency care in private hospitals without any pre-payment. If the patient is unable to pay, the requisite fee will be reimbursed by the State Government.

According to the Bill, in case of accident, snake or animal bite and any other emergency, treatment will be provided by public health institutions, health care establishments and designated health care centers without prior payment of requisite fee. 

Penalty for willful contravention of provisions of Act

Any person who willfully contravenes any of the provisions of this Act or any rule made thereunder shall be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs10,000 for the first contravention and with fine which may extend to Rs 20,000 for subsequent contraventions.

Complaints of pvt hospitals not treating even Chiranleevi card holders were received

Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena said that the government is committed to provide health facilities to the people. He said that there have been complaints that some private hospitals do not treat patients in Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme although patients had Chiranjeevi card and hence the bill was brought. He said this while replying to the debate on the same. The state is becoming a model state in the field of health and 7 percent of the budget is being spent on the health sector, Minister added.

Suggestions of all members and doctors have been incorporated 

Meena said that the suggestions of all the members and doctors have been incorporated in the bill. The 'right to health' is in the public interest. The state government had sent this bill to the select committee on the basis of the suggestion of all the members. He said that the state government has provided land to big hospitals at a concessional rate. 

Meena said there is a provision to link these hospitals under the Right to Health Bill. Commenting on the agitation of private doctors, the minister said that all the suggestions in the report of the select committee have been accepted. The doctors are agitating despite the fact that their suggestions have been accepted. This is not right. They are demanding the withdrawal of the bill, which is not fair, he added.

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