What is the Kerala clinical establishment act?
The state of Kerala passed the clinical establishment act during the year 2018. According to the act, all the clinical establishments, laboratories, in the public, as well as the private sector, will endure registration under this act. This also clearly states that the clinical establishments practicing any kind of modern or ancient medicine like Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy should register themselves according to the law. The act empowers the state government to keep an eye on the working of the clinical establishments. It also aims to bring transparency in the charges of different treatments and diagnostics tests in these clinical establishments.
Administrative authorities under the act:
According to the act, the health secretary, under the state legislative council, is empowered to oversee the process of registration, accreditation. They can also control the prices for consultation and diagnostic tests under the act. There should be a monitoring committee under the district collector to monitor at the district levels. Those hospitals that have earned NABH and those labs earned NABL accreditation will get permanent registration. It also has provisions that classify these establishments into three various categories.
Pros of this Act:
It also prevents the laboratories from charging exorbitant money in the name of the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The act makes it mandatory to display the charges of various treatments and diagnosis in some prominent place of the clinic. The display should be in English as well as Malayalam languages. It also states that if any establishment provides the only consultation services, they don’t fall under the act.
The main reason regarding the minimum space requirements is to ensure the clinical laboratory has required modern equipment to provide an accurate diagnosis of the disease. Moreover, these laboratories should appoint an MD in clinical pathology to ensure quality service to the patients.
It will also lead to a sudden surge in the charges of clinical tests gradually. The act makes it compulsory for the labs to have technologically advanced diagnostic machines that are very costly.