Rajasthan becomes first state to pass Right to Health bill in state assembly. Here’s everything you need to know about this bill
On Tuesday, Rajasthan achieved a historic milestone by passing the Right to Health Bill in the state Assembly. This legislation grants every resident of the state the right to receive free Out Patient Department (OPD) and In-Patient Department (IPD) services at all public healthcare facilities. Additionally, a selection of private facilities will also provide similar healthcare services at no cost.
Despite opposition from the BJP, who aimed to modify certain provisions, and protests from a group of doctors demanding the withdrawal of the bill, it was passed.
The Bill stipulates that all public health institutions and certain private facilities, subject to conditions that will be outlined in forthcoming rules, will offer complimentary healthcare services such as consultations, medications, diagnostic tests, emergency transportation, procedures, and emergency care.
Furthermore, all residents are eligible for emergency treatment and care for accidental emergencies without any prepayment of fees or charges. Notably, public or private hospitals cannot postpone treatment in cases of medico-legal issues based solely on the need for police clearance. Additionally, the legislation mandates that healthcare providers are entitled to receive fees and charges or proper reimbursement from the state government if the patient fails to pay after receiving emergency care, stabilization, and transfer.
The law grants a total of 20 rights to the residents of the state. The government asserts that the Bill aims to ensure the protection and fulfillment of rights and equity in health and well-being under Article 47 of the Constitution of India, which obligates the state to raise the level of nutrition, living standards, and public health, as well as to secure the Right to Health according to the expanded definition of Article 21, which safeguards life and personal liberty.