Health ministry warns hospitals against over-charging

She asked the states to ensure implementation of the Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 under which all hospitals can be regulated.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Nov 24 2017 12:55AM | Updated Date: Nov 24 2017 12:55AM
Health ministry warns hospitals against over-charging

The Health Ministry today asked all states to issue strict warnings to hospitals, including private ones, against indulging in malpractices such as over-charging.

The move comes in the wake of allegations that a Gurgaon-based private hospital billed the family of a dengue patient Rs 16 lakh.

In a letter to the chief secretaries, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said that alleged malpractices by clinical establishments not only compromise patient safety but also raise concerns about accountability in healthcare costs.

She asked the states to ensure implementation of the Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 under which all hospitals can be regulated.

"It is time to learn lessons from such incidents and I advise that a meeting with all important healthcare establishments, including private hospitals, of your state be taken and they be clearly sounded not to indulge in such practices, failing which strict action will be taken.

"I request you to kindly get the clinical establishment act adopted/implemented by your state also," Sudan said in the letter.

Referring to the recent incident in which a 7-year-old girl died of dengue at Fortis hospital, Sudan said it was alleged that the patient was grossly overcharged and standard treatment protocols were not followed. She also drew attention to the alleged malpractices by various clinical establishments in the recent past.

These include exorbitant charges, deficiency in services, not following the standard treatment protocols, etc, resulting not only in compromised patient safety but also concerns about transparency and accountability in healthcare costs, she said. PTI

 

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