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Not just act, some Maharashtra hospitals to use ‘charitable’ in name as well

As per Bombay Public Trust Act, charitable hospitals are supposed to reserve 20% beds for underprivileged patients and provide healthcare at concessional rate.

mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2018 06:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Hospitals get tax exemptions and other concessions if they are managed by charitable trusts.(HT Photo)

Most hospitals run by charity trusts, including majority of the city’s private medical centres, have agreed to use the word ‘charitable’ in their names, said Dr PM Bhujang, president of Association of Hospitals, an organisation that coordinates activities of charitable hospitals in the state. In July, state charity commissioner told the hospitals to include ‘charitable’ in their names.

As per Bombay Public Trust Act, charitable hospitals are supposed to reserve 20% beds for underprivileged patients and provide healthcare at concessional rate. There are 78 charitable hospitals in Mumbai and 430 across Maharashtra.

Hospitals get tax exemptions and other concessions if they are managed by charitable trusts. Patients with an annual income of less than Rs 85,000 are eligible for free treatment at these hospitals. Those earning below Rs 1.60 lakh per annum are eligible for 50% concession.

“We observed that beds reserved for poor patients were mostly going vacant because people are not aware that these are charitable hospitals,” said Shivkumar Dighe, charity commissioner.

He added if patients see the word ‘charitable’, they will avail benefits.

Hospitals that fail to comply with the directives could face heat . “We have provisions under the Bombay Public Trust Act to remove trustees from the board,” said Dighe.

HT contacted three charitable hospitals in the city, but they refused to comment.

First Published: Sep 05, 2018 06:16 IST