Re­ceivers of Free Treat­ment Are Not Con­sumers

Med­i­cal neg­li­gence not de­fined in con­sumer law

Consumer Voice - - Contents - Dr Prem Lata, Con­sumer Awak­en­ing For­mer Mem­ber, CDRF-Delhi

If peo­ple un­der­stood that doc­tors weren't di­vine ,per­haps the odor of malpr ac­tice might di­min­ish. ~ Richard Selzer

If sta­tis­tics are to be be­lieved, the health­care in­dus­try is on an up­swing, med­i­cal costs are bur­geon­ing, hos­pi­tals are be­com­ing richer by the day, and the out­come of this growth has seen un­prece­dented year-on-year in­crease in cases of med­i­cal neg­li­gence. As per a Novem­ber 2016 study pub­lished by Supreme Court ad­vo­cate Ma­hen­dra Ku­mar Ba­j­pai, med­i­cal neg­li­gence cases in In­dia have been see­ing over 110 per cent rise ev­ery year – and 12 per cent of all the cases de­cided by con­sumer courts are on med­i­cal neg­li­gence. Be­tween 60 and 66 per cent of the filed cases are be­cause of hos­pi­tals tak­ing im­proper con­sent from rel­a­tives be­fore per­form­ing cer­tain pro­ce­dures or switch­ing hos­pi­tals, or im­proper doc­u­men­ta­tion through­out the course of di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. A point to be noted here is that the cases of med­i­cal neg­li­gence be­ing heard in con­sumer fo­rums are those where the pa­tients are con­sid­ered as con­sumers and their com­plaints have been ‘ac­cepted' by the fo­rums. The fig­ure would be much higher if the med­i­cal neg­li­gence cases where ‘pa­tients had been treated for free' were also ac­cepted by the fo­rum.

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