Private hospitals extracting money from patients: Congress threatens stir

Hyderabad Sept.3 (NSS): The TPCC today accused the corporate hospitals of looting the patients and their relatives.

 Led by TPCC Minorities Dept Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, a team of Congress leaders including Sameer Waliullah, Mohammed Riyaz and others, today visited Vrinchi Hospital at Banjara Hills to enquire about complaint of a hefty bill of a patient. They met the hospital authorities and asked them to explain the reasons behind charging exorbitant amounts for regular services. However, the authorities sought four days time to come up with a detailed reply and assured they would rectify the mistakes, if any.

Speaking to mediapersons later, Abdullah Sohail said Vrinchi was not the only hospital which was being accused of exorbitant billing, but the complaint was common with all the corporate and private hospitals. He said, “They are playing with the sentiments of patients and their relatives. These corporate and private hospitals have turned into centers of extortion. Their billing methods are completely illogical and amounts to open cheating,” he said.

Abdullah Sohail alleged that when a patient visits a corporate hospital, he or she is charged Rs 500 towards Consultation Fee, which is valid for a week. If the patient visits the hospital again within the week, the patient gets admitted and the doctor charges them Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per visit. Besides, more specialists visit the patient collect consultation fee. The hospital also collects Nursing charges again on patients. He also said while rental charge for an oxygen cylinder hired at home is Rs 300 per day, the corporate hospitals were charging from Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000 per day.

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