The court also observed that persons with disabilities would be entitled to health insurance coverage and products may have to be designed for them.
Initiative for Persons with Disabilities
A plea was moved by Saurabh Shukla who is suffering from multiple health ailments, including tetraplegia due to an injury suffered in 2012.
Shukla, who uses a wheelchair and has limited use of his arms, had approached two insurance companies, Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Ltd and Oriental Health Insurance Company Ltd but was refused any health insurance policy by both of them.
Oriental Insurance Company Ltd counsel submitted that Shukla’s request for health insurance was denied due to his medical history.
But the court said: “There should be no discrimination, as healthcare is concerned, against the persons with disabilities. Right to life includes right to health and even healthcare.”
The court also allowed Shukla to once again approach these two companies.
By the next date of hearing, a proposal shall be ready, his case shall be considered while the question of extending insurance to him shall be reviewed, it said.
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