1 crore 80 lakh… This amount is not for buying a new expensive house, but for the treatment of a patient. The hospital collected a bill of such an amount from a patient admitted for the treatment of corona. This is once again raising questions about the bills of corporate hospitals. Even before this, there has been a ruckus over the hefty bills of hospitals in Delhi-NCR. But, what are the hospital’s reasoning behind such a bill, what do they think… it can be decoded like this.
How is a hospital building different from the rest of the building?
Whether it is a hospital or a house building, it is made of cement and brick only. But there is difference between both. The hospital is built according to the healthcare infrastructure. From entry-exit to safety, care is taken. Strength and safety are high. Pipelines are laid, in which gas goes from wire to wire. From sterilization to other facilities are provided, which makes the cost expensive. If the charge of a room is 7000 per day in a five star hotel, then the same bed becomes 10-12 thousand in a corporate hospital.
ICU is of 35 thousand, but the cost of one lakh
Regarding this, Dr. Anshuman said that the hospital says 35-40 thousand for a day of ICU, but his bill can come up to one lakh, especially when the patient is on ventilator. Whereas the cost of an advanced ventilator is only 12 to 14 lakhs. Apart from this, monitor, infusion, intubation charge, ventilator charge, ventilator maintenance, doctor visit, nursing visit, medicine are charged separately and this bill reaches one lakh. Neither is the price of ventilator so much that it should be charged so much. For this, the government should make a package of 24 to 48 hours and the hospital should charge the medicine separately, because the medicine and dosage of every patient is different. But most of the facilities, ICU and ventilator are of the same type and the charge should also be the same.
Daily charge of acmo from 1.70 lakh to 3 lakh
Dr. Anshuman told that the Ecmo machine does the work of artificial lungs outside the body and its cost is only 35 lakhs. It takes separate membrane and consumable, which is about 3 lakhs. But, the matter of charging one day’s charge for this machine from one lakh 70 thousand to 3 lakh has come to the fore. This machine is negligible in government centers and private hospitals charge many times more. There is no capping on this by the government either.
ICU is free under Delhi government
Dr. Yusuf Jamal of GB Pant Hospital of Delhi Government told that if a patient goes to ICU or ventilator here, then everything is free. The patient does not have to pay a single penny for this. Ventilators, tubes, antibiotics, ICU, anaesthetic, doctor visits are all free.
The doctor was also shocked to hear Max’s bill.
In this case, the doctors are also shocked to hear the bill of 1 crore 80 lakhs of Max Saket Hospital. He says that this is the costliest treatment in the country, which someone has paid for. Doctors say that do not consider the hospital bill as the fee of the doctors, that fee is only a small part. Actually, this is the modern thinking of corporate hospitals to work in their own way and generate bills. Before getting admitted here, neither does the patient face any problem, nor do they raise questions, nor does the government have any way to curb this arbitrariness.
So many ‘crimes’ of Paras Hospital are being exposed, those who lost their loved ones said…
Many such cases have come to the fore in the past.
In 2017, Fortis Hospital in Gurugram had made a bill of 18 lakhs for the treatment of a girl suffering from dengue, even though the girl’s life was not saved. Even during that time there was an allegation of arbitrariness in the bill, when money was taken for the use of 2700 gloves and 660 syringes. Similarly, in December 2017 in Medanta, Gurugram, the bill for 22 days dengue treatment was Rs 15.88 lakh, while 7-year-old child Shaurya Pratap died. It is worth noting that in view of the cases of such huge bills of private hospitals, a committee was formed by the Delhi Government, which insisted on capping to fix the rate. In this regard, the committee had given some suggestions, whose draft was also prepared.
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