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A primary info report (FIR), primarily based on a criticism from the civic physique, has been filed towards Nanavati hospital, one of many main hospitals devoted to Covid-19 therapy within the metropolis, for allegedly overcharging a affected person. The 62-year-old affected person, who was in hospital for 47 days, was charged ₹17 lakh, in accordance with the criticism.

The chairman, prime administration executives of hospital and different trustees have been booked by the police and summoned for recording their statements. Hindustan Times has a duplicate of the FIR, by which the names of the people haven’t been talked about.

The hospital administration, in a press release, mentioned, “We have learnt from media reports that an FIR has been filed owing to some alleged discrepancy in a bill. We are awaiting the copy of the complaint to scrutinise the bill and will fully cooperate with the authorities concerned to redress the issue.” “We have registered an offence against chairman and trustees of Nanavati hospital for overcharging a Covid patient, after receiving a complaint from [Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation] BMC officials. Investigation is on,” mentioned Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police, zone 9.

“We have received a complaint from BMC official on June 30 and on the basis of it, an FIR under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code has been registered against the executives of the Nanavati hospital,” mentioned Suhas Raikar, assistant commissioner of police.

According to the criticism, the sufferer is a girl from Santacruz. Her son mentioned she was stored in a quarantine facility for two-three days in Lokhandwala. She was in a critical situation when she was taken to the institutional quarantine facility after which on May 9, she was admitted to Nanavati hospital.

“She was in the hospital till June 24. She was kept in a non-ICU Covid ward for two days and later, was shifted to a Covid ICU ward. She was on a ventilator for at least 25 days,” the son mentioned.

At the time of the admission, her son deposited ₹90,000. After some days , he was requested to pay an extra quantity. After 10-12 days, the household was informed that the invoice was ₹9 lakh and after deducting ₹5 lakh insurance coverage cowl and the ₹90,000 deposit, the household was to pay ₹three lakh.

The household approached Shiv Sena chief Nitin Nangaonkar, who spoke to the hospital’s administration.

As the time of discharge, the household was informed that the whole invoice was ₹17 lakh and that the household has to pay ₹11 lakh after deducting insurance coverage cowl and deposit

The household mentioned that they have been unable to pay the quantity and the affected person’s son mentioned that no break-up of the invoice was given. The son with the assistance of Sena chief approached BMC and civic officers started an inquiry.

During the inquiry, civic officers discovered that the hospital didn’t observe the federal government’s order with respect to billing and charged the affected person exorbitantly, the police mentioned.

Ramchandra Khobrekar, junior auditor of BMC’s Ok/W ward, then filed the police criticism on behalf of BMC. The affected person was made witness within the criticism. Khobrekar was unable for remark.

In May, Maharashtra imposed a worth cap on non-public hospitals treating Covid-19 sufferers after allegations that many of those healthcare services have been charging exorbitant charges in a bid to compensate for a 90% dip within the admission of non-Covid-19 sufferers. Restrictions had additionally been imposed on the billing of medicines in non-public hospitals.

Private hospitals are allowed to cost as much as ₹4,000 day by day for the therapy of Covid-19 sufferers on a basic mattress, Rs7,000 for intensive care unit (ICU) and ₹9,000 for a ventilator, in accordance with the brand new tips issued by the state well being division.

All non-public hospitals come beneath the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and are liable to observe the foundations of the state authorities amid the pandemic.

The state authorities provides three sorts of services to deal with Covid-19 sufferers.

Government-run hospitals are providing therapy totally free, whereas 1,000 hospitals are coated beneath the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, which offers insurance coverage protection of ₹1.5 lakh. Private hospitals have to offer therapy as per the concessional charge determined by the state authorities.

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