Pune: Deccan Express | Incidents of taking exorbitant bills to treat Covid-19 patients have come to light. However, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)-appointed auditors have checked the veracity of such bills and have made such hospitals to reduce around Rs 5.21 crore in the past 11 months. In all, 1,724 citizens have benefited under the scheme.
Citizens terrified following the detection of the first Covid-19 patient in March 2020 in Pune. Patients general symptoms also being treated in government and private clinics. As the number of patients grew, people started complaining about inflated bills charged by some private hospitals. However, there was no mechanism to check such malpractices and monitor such hospitals.
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Therefore, the Pune Municipal Corporation fixed the rates of services such as treatments, cots, room charges, etc, in August 2020. It restricted private hospitals to charge more money than these rates. Moreover, the civic body appointed auditors who verified the bills at the time of a patient’s discharge. In case of objections, they used to verify a bill and ask the hospital concerned to reduce it, in the case of any anomaly. Many citizens benefited from this mechanism. Where there was no auditor in a hospital, complaints about them were also verified.
Five hospitals in Deccan Gymkhana area
The PMC received 1,724 complaints regarding bills. After verification, inflated bills amounting to Rs 5.20 crore reduced. Among the major five hospitals that charged such bills, two hospitals are in Deccan Gymkhana area. One hospital each is located in Pune Station area, in Katraj and on Pune-Satara road. The health department of the PMC revealed this.
188 complaints in a week
It has been observed that thought the number of Covid-19 patients is reducing, complaints about inflated bills are not reducing. The civic body got 188 such complaints from July 1 to 7. Bills amounting to Rs 17.21 lakh reduced.
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