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CCI to Check Super Speciality Hospitals’ rate list

The Competition Commission of India is now embarking on the matter related to alleged unfair pricing by super-speciality hospitals in and around Delhi.

Director General of CCI will probe into alleged violation of provisions of Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2002, relating to imposition of unfair prices by private super-speciality hospitals.

The report submitted by DG revealed ostensible contravention of the provisions of the Act. “Huge profit margins are being earned by sale of products to the locked-in in-patients to the detriment of such patients,” noted a release issued on Wednesday.

“Considering the mandate given to the commission to eliminate the practices having adverse effect on competition and to protect the interest of consumers, the commission decided to widen the scope of investigation to cover the practices of super speciality hospitals across Delhi in respect of healthcare products and services provided to their in-patients,” the release stated.

The commission maintained that the investigation will focus on the products sold by the super-speciality hospitals to their inpatients “which are not required on an urgent basis for any medical procedure/intervention or which do not involve any high degree of quality issue from the medical procedure point of view”. The commission has directed the DG to swiftly complete the investigation, it noted.