The Right to Health Law, which guarantees every state citizen the right to receive free outpatient (OPD) and inpatient (IPD) care at all public health institutions, was first passed by RAJASTHAN in the Assembly. Additionally, equivalent healthcare treatments will be offered free of cost at certain private hospitals. Despite objections from the opposition BJP, which wanted to change a few of the provisions, and a campaign by some doctors calling for the legislation to be withdrawn, the Bill was passed.
According to the Bill, all public health institutions and some private facilities will offer free healthcare services, including consultations, medications, diagnostics, emergency transport, procedures, and emergency care, subject to the terms laid out in the rules, which are currently being developed.
Importantly, in a case of medico-legal nature, no public or private hospital can delay treatment merely on the grounds of receiving police clearance. The law also states that “if patient does not pay required charges after emergency care, stabilisation, and transfer, the healthcare provider shall be entitled to receive required fee and charges or proper reimbursement from the state government.”
The people of the state are granted a total of 20 rights under the legislation.
The government claims that the purpose of the Bill is “to secure the Right to Health as per the expanded definition of Article 21 (Protection of Life and Personal Liberty) and to provide protection and fulfilment of rights and equity in health and well-being under Article 47 (Duty of the State to raise the level of nutrition and standard of living and to improve public health) of the Constitution of India.”