Court wants cashless medical facility restored

"The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) should intervene and ensure that such changes do not affect existing policy holders," said Justice S. Muralidhar.
The court said this while disposing a petition filed by Vishal Ahuja whose mother is suffering from cancer.

Counsel for central government informed the court that cashless treatment facilities would be provided to Ahuja's mother.

Earlier, the court pulled up the IRDA and said "you cannot leave patients suffering saying that a meeting will be convened. Patients are not getting treatment because of the dispute between insurance companies and hospitals".

Thousands of policy holders are facing hardships after the insurance companies revised  terms related to cashless medical treatment facility for the insured at city hospitals. The changes were introduced in the backdrop of alleged lapses by hospitals to inflate medical bills of such patients.

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