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31st August 2018
Supreme Court has stayed the judgment of Delhi High Court on inclusion of genetic disorders in insurance policy

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri & Ms Ira Gupta

In February this year, the Delhi High Court in the case of M/S United India Insurance Company Limited v. Jai Parkash Tayal (RFA 610/2016 & CM Nos.45832/2017) dated 26th February, 2018 had directed Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDA) "to re-look at the Exclusionary clauses in insurance contracts and ensure that insurance companies do not reject claims on the basis of exclusions relating to genetic disorders."

The Delhi High Court had held that "a person, suffering from a genetic disorder, needs medical insurance as much as others" and concluded its judgement with the following statements:

However, vide an order dated 27.08.2018, the Hon’ble 3 Judges Bench of Supreme Court of India has partially stayed the above judgment in “The United India Insurance Co. Ltd. Versus Jay Prakash Tayal, SLP(c) No. 29590/2018” passed by the Hon’ble High Court of more

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Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 31st August 2018

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Universal mental health is a justiciable right now
There is still an urgent need to remove the stigma associated with mental illnesses
New Delhi, 30 August 2018: For the first time in India, universal mental health care is now a justiciable right following the enforcement of the Mental Healthcare Act (MHCA), 2017. As a watershed moment for the right to health movement in India, it is also for the first time that the law has recognized the right to access health care for citizens - and specifically for mental health.

There are about 150 million people in India needing mental health care and treatment, of which no less than 105 million lack access. Stigmatization and discrimination are serious causes of concern, with numerous documented cases of human rights violations as a result poor quality of mental health care, forced admissions in mental health hospitals, and a denial of socio-economic rights.

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