Free Healthcare Services to All Residents in Rajasthan

  • 22 Mar 2023

On March 21, 2023, the Rajasthan Assembly passed the Right to Health Bill, becoming the first state in India to provide every resident with the right to access free outpatient and inpatient services at all public health facilities.

Features of the Bill include:

  • Access to free healthcare services for state residents, obligations on the state government to ensure right to health and maintain public health, and establishment of Health Authorities at state and district levels
  • Emergency care, stabilization, and referral provided without prepayment of fees or charges by any public health institution or designated health care center
  • Government will reimburse healthcare providers if patients do not pay charges after emergency care
  • Patients cannot be denied or delayed treatment due to police clearances or reports
  • Any establishment violating the Bill or its rules will be fined up to ₹10,000 for first instance and up to ₹20,000 for subsequent contraventions