1. After Fortis, Medanta hospital in Gurgaon charges massive Rs 16 lakh; 7-year-old dies

After Fortis, Medanta hospital in Gurgaon charges massive Rs 16 lakh; 7-year-old dies

Medanta hospital in Gurgaon has allegedly charged a whopping Rs. 16 lakh for treatment of a seven-year-old boy.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2017 12:17 PM
 fortis gurugram, Medanta hospital Gurgaon, medanta hospital bill, fortis bill, fortis bill for dengua, fortis in delhi, medanta address Medanta hospital in Gurgaon has allegedly charged a whopping Rs. 16 lakh for treatment of a seven-year-old boy.

Medanta hospital in Gurgaon has allegedly charged a whopping Rs. 16 lakh for treatment of a seven-year-old boy. This comes days after Fortis hospital in Gurugram had reportedly charged huge amounts from a dengue patient there. The worst thing is that the child died at RML Hospital, according to DNA report. The victim was admitted at Medanta on October 30 and remained there for 22 days. After that, the parents shifted the victim and took him to the RML Hospital, where he subsequently died. The child was even admitted to ICU at Medanta hospital. Earlier, Fortis Hospital allegedly billed about Rs 15.6 lakh for the two-week hospital stay, including for 611 syringes and 1,546 pairs of gloves for the dengue patient. The news created uproar and Union Health Minister JP Nadda sought a report from the hospital authority.

After JP Nadda sought a detailed report, Fortis Hospital on November 21 refuted allegations that it had overcharged, claiming the patient’s kin was informed about the bill on a daily basis. It said in a statement that there was no medical negligence and all standard protocols were followed in the treatment of the patient at the hospital. “We understand the angst of the aggrieved parents but would like to assure all and the family of the child that there has been no medical negligence or overcharging towards the care of the child as is being misrepresented in the social media, it said.

Notably, earlier this year, the Mamata Banerjee government had laid down a series of guidelines for medical establishments to follow to avoid harassment of patients as well as their family members. In a meeting with authorities of private hospitals and nursing homes, the Chief Minister had also pulled up some of them and criticised their practices. “We have received complaints that some medical establishments are indulging in practices which are unacceptable. The price of one medicine is charged multiple times in the bill. Some hospitals are charging exorbitant bills “Patients have also complained that they were admitted to ICU without a strong reason. These practices should come to an end,” CM Banerjee had said.

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    sunil
    Nov 25, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    Sachai ye hai ki Vedanta or fortis wale patient ki Bhavnao ke sath khilvad karte hai or loot lete hai
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      Rohan
      Nov 25, 2017 at 7:22 am
      This is totally bull . Iam myself a doctor and financial express should be ashamed for printing such misleading news.And people who think that gloves are for Nurses why should pa ent pay for them u s it’s not for nurses it’s for patient so that patient doesn’t get infected .And treatment depends on disease u are suffering from if a child is suffering from a complicated case of dengue of course drugs and other treatment are far costlier than normal non complicated dengue and when u go to such big private hospitals u get better quality care and all the equipment’s that are used are very costly and of international standard .Media should not publish such baseless news which creates outcry among layman persons dengue patient platelets decreases and he’s has to receive platelets infusion from outside ,which is very costly ,now who knows how many times that child got infused?we as doctors try to do as much as we can ,stop blaming us for such things.
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        Ramesh
        Nov 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm
        1500 pairs of hand gloves ! What is the need ? If they are for nurses, why the patients should pay of them ? ALL big corporate hospitals have becomes great swindlers and looters. I have seen a bill of a big hospital in Thane where a patient is charged Rs.80/- as weighing charges on each occasion. Is this charge not outrageous when you can measure your weight for Re.1 at railway station ?
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          Vik
          Nov 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm
          What nonsense. Stop writing things to create hue and cry without any substantiation. Of course child would be in ICU. Will you go to a government hospital when you yourself get sick! Otherwise stop creating mistrust in a profession that runs on trust!
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            Rajeev
            Nov 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm
            Don't you think there is a need of discussion for high bills. I understand the profession runs on trust, but how much trust the hospitals has maintained is not a myth. For me the media needs to raise such issues so that it can create pressure on govt to look in to the unwanted bills and possibility of affordable treatment facility.
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              HK
              Nov 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm
              you must be a doctor oops money looter. I would hope from god u should face same kind of situation then alteast u people start realising the emotions.
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              Gopal
              Nov 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm
              My brother was charged rs 1.8 lakh after he fractured his hand in bike accident. Accident was not much serious,only he got some minor bruises on face and fractured hand.. Jupiter hospital of thane charged him rs1.8 lakh after learning the background of his family.
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                Rohan
                Nov 25, 2017 at 7:28 am
                Dear Gopal , Ur brother was not looted ,it cost that much only if u go to any gd hospital becoz doctors have to put a plate inside the bone depending on type of fracture and which has to be very precise and is done in or under anesthesia. Iam a doctor my self and was operated for knee ligament surgery and was given a bill a of 1.5 Lakhs ,u don’t see me crying abt it becoz I know becoz it not unfair , the equipment and precision used is up to par with the international standards so stop posting such stupid commments what doctors charged u after seeing ur background.
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                  Kunwar singh
                  Nov 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                  Docter’s are really getting out of hand , government should pass a bill for weekly audits of cost and reason if cheaper options are available.
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                    Gopal
                    Nov 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                    Dear Rohan sir.. my friend was charged Rs2.2lakh for fever treatment at Manipal hospital in Bangalore. Everyday doc was recommending some test and asked him to be in hospital. After 10th day , doc was able to find the exact cause of fever. Really.. shame on you people
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                  mk
                  Nov 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                  shame on you FE for reporting /sensationalising a news without even giving the details of the current case.
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                    Ramesh
                    Nov 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                    1560 pairs of gloves for nurses charged to patient, that too a dengue patient, is enough proof of the loot by hospital.
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                    1. Amit Bhatnagar
                      Nov 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm
                      Its time now to have the media focus turned on to the corporate hospitals. Once that happens and becomes a national issue then only some laws will come to prevent this looting of peoples money. Like stent price capping that Govt did recently, its high time each and every item Hostiptals put is scrutinised and cheating prevented.
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                        Vik
                        Nov 24, 2017 at 9:12 pm
                        All such made sensational news and poorly thought out comments does is limit the range of health care. All stent price capping will do is make the better stents unavailable and you will get a poor quality one and die a happy death soon. It actually doesn’t make stents cheaper. It also limits research into medical advances. What actually needs to be done is improve the quality of care in government run hospitals not just in big cities but at district level across the country. You can’t expect 5 star care and want to pay for 2 star. Next you will ask hotels and restaurants to cap prices. Narrow mind set with poor knowledge and application. Socialism never works in private sector. Such stupidity will only hurt you all in the long run.
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                        HK
                        Nov 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm
                        you must be a doctor oops money looter. I would hope from god u should face same kind of situation then alteast u people start realising the emotions.
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                          Vik
                          Nov 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm
                          And you are a peanut brain. I have faced such situations already. I pay for what I choose to pay for. I don’t go expecting high end care and expensive imported machines in a last ditch effort to save my relative and then complain if I don’t get results. I go where I trust. Also like you morons I don’t spend 50 lac on my child’s wedding or a BMW and then complain about very expensive 15 lac spent trying to save a life with ventilator, b ed antibiotics, dialysis and a doctor who has spent 20 years of stressful life and earned way less money than he deserves.
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                            N
                            Nov 25, 2017 at 7:49 am
                            Health and education are basic right and top quality health and education should be accessible to all. Unfortunately, the issue is much deeper than just being strict on corporate hospitals. What about pharmaceutical companies which charge so much for every drug or instrument. Hospitals like any other company have to recover their cost and make a profit. And they can only do this through patients. Even if government steps in to pay, it would increase the tax burden massively. There is no way to bring these large conglomerates to task under crony capitalism. Good news is that technology is enabling many things that earlier were not possible. Problem is that it's not being made accessible to all. A simple point- with all the latest in technology, how many hours every person has to put to meet all their needs. Some research says half or even less!
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