Plea in SC seeks to nationalize all healthcare facilities in India until COVID-19 is contained

NEW DELHI: A petition has been filed at the search address for the Center, the states and to nationalize all related entities until the pandemic is contained in the country.

The petition, which claimed that India does not have sufficient public health infrastructure to combat the pandemic, also sought a direction for all health facilities, institutes, companies and related entities to provide free tests and treatments.

On Wednesday, the apex court ordered that private laboratories should conduct coronavirus tests at no cost, noting that they must be philanthropic at the time of the national crisis. They charge Rs 4,500 for screening and confirmation for COVID-19.

The petition, filed by Delhi-based lawyer Amit Dwivedi, has said that the sector in India has remained in ruins due to low budget allocations, but at the same time, the private health care sector has seen tremendous growth. .

India does not have enough public health care infrastructure to combat a pandemic like COVID-19 and, as a last resort, India needs help from the private health care sector, the statement said.

He said that globally it is being done and that health care facilities have been nationalized until the containment of COVID-19.

In this dire situation, it becomes the primary duty of the Indian state to take control, temporarily nationalize, all of these private health care institutes and make them available to the service of the common Indians, at no cost, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 deadly pandemic and provide quality treatment and care, the statement said.

The statement says that it is unfortunately a well known fact that the Indian public health system is not in a happy state and such a situation has a lot to do with the lack of spending on it.

He stated that in the 2020-21 Budget, India chose to spend only 1.6 percent, that is, Rs 67.489 crore, of its estimated total budget expenditure on public health, which is not only very low compared to the global average expenditure in but public health is minuscule even compared to spending in low-income countries.

Regarding the private health sector in India, the statement says it attracts a large number of medical tourists and the medical tourism industry is estimated to grow at a rate of 200 percent per year.