Tribune News Service
Zirakpur, October 23
Dhakoli Senior Medical Officer Pommy Chatrath today issued a notice to a private hospital here to explain why a dengue patient was handed a bill with MRI and cancer-related medicines, leading to potential overcharging. The patient’s attendant pointed out the irrelevant treatment charges following which a new bill was issued.
“We have issued a notice to the Amcare authorities for October 27. They have been asked to explain why such a bill was issued and who issued it. Also, original bills and supporting documents have been sought from the hospital,” said Chatrath.
Lohgarh resident Avtar Singh said, “I admitted my father Daljit Singh, 60, to the hospital for the treatment of dengue on October 6. Two days later, I was handed a Rs 40,000 bill, which carried charges for two MRIs and two cancer serums. When I pointed out the irrelevant charges, the nurses and officials misbehaved with me and snatched the treatment file from me. After five days, my father was discharged on paying a bill of Rs 39,000. I have filed a police complaint as well.”
Hospital incharge Abhitej Nibber said, “Ours is an NABH-accredited hospital. There is minimal manual interference in our billing process. No overcharging has been done. I have not received the notice, but will reply to it once I get it.”
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