The Bombay high court on Wednesday sought a response from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on insurance companies floating a scheme where hospitals can recover unpaid bills.
A bench of Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Swapna Joshi was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) for solution to patients, or even corpses, detained by hospitals over non-payment of bills. The court, during a previous hearing, had asked if there is a mechanism evol ved using which a patient, who does not have mediclaim, can be insured by the hospital and correspondingly , assurance is taken from insurance companies to pass such claims.
The advocate for Association of Hospitals in Mumbai said that it has written to the IRDA on September 29 to explore a possibility of insurance companies floating a scheme under which unpaid hospital bills can be paid by insurance companies. “Hospitals are willing to pay a premium.They must come out with a scheme,“ he said. The advocate also informed that the association has written to insurance companies–like New India Assurance, Oriental Insurance and United National Insurance, asking them if it is possible to float an insurance scheme for this purpose
amar ujala newspaper 06/10/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/