The economically weaker section of society, which do not has enough resources to seek good medical treatment, can get it absolutely free in any private hospital in Delhi. The law says that all the private hospitals are obliged to reserve 10% of total beds, and provide 25% of reservation in OPD section of the hospital to the poor. This was the condition posed by the government when it granted various private hospitals in Delhi the land at the cost as low as Re 1 per acre to Rs. 1,000,00 per acre. These beds however, remain unoccupied due to lack of awareness and communication.
The organization, Charity Beds is functioning as a bridge between the poor and the private hospitals. The head of the organization, Kapil Chopra, who is also the president of Oberoi hotels and resorts, informs that these people, who are not used to the ambience of big hospitals, feel intimidated to visit them and claim for what’s their right. The initiative Charity Beds gathers the information of all the unoccupied beds in the private hospitals around Delhi, and put it on their website, “charitybeds.com”. This makes the ones who have access to internet and are more aware refer the people in need of free medical treatment to Charity Beds, which then take them to a hospital with free beds.
The initiative was started when it came out that the reserved beds are not being provided to the needy by the hospitals on the pretext of people not approaching them. The Supreme Court intervened in it and ordered the hospitals to start functioning as per the law. Charity Beds now aims at ensuring that no bed in these hospitals go unoccupied.