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The Centre submitted that it had no statutory power under the Clinical Establishments Act to direct private and charitable hospitals to give free treatment to COVID-19 patients.
The Supreme Court today observed that patients who cannot afford treatment for COVID-19 should not be turned away from healthcare institutions.
While doing so, the Court asked the Centre to issue directions to states under the Disaster Management Act so that COVID-19 treatment is not unaffordable.
The order was passed by a Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna in a petition filed by Advocate Sachin Jain praying for “cost-related regulations” for treatment of COVID-19 patients in private/corporate hospitals.