The district administration has received at least 38 complaints in the past month and a half about overcharging by private hospitals for Covid-19 treatment. An accountant has been appointed by the administration to check whether hospitals are meeting treatment rates set by the Haryana government, officials said on Tuesday.
“The majority of overcharging complaints are directed against small hospitals. A few of these complaints have been referred to the Director of General Health Services for clarification on the line of treatment and its cost mentioned in the invoice, while other complaints are shared with an accountant to verify the amount. billed by the hospital in relation to the Cost of Covid-19 treatment set by the government of Haryana, ”said Surinder Dahiya, city magistrate.
Dahiya is the nodal officer of the committee that was formed by the district administration on June 2 to handle complaints of exorbitant bills generated by private hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients during the second wave of Covid-19 in April and May.
On May 29, the Haryana government ordered deputy commissioners across the state to form a district-level committee to monitor complaints. In the district, a three-member committee was formed on June 2, comprising Dahiya, Dr Anuj Garg from the district health department and Dr MP Jain from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
Dr Virender Yadav, Chief Medical Officer of Gurugram, said: “All complaints related to inflated bills are directly referred to the district administration committee for investigation.
According to an ordinance issued on June 25, 2020, the state government set the rates (per day) at hospitals accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Hospitals and Health Care Providers (NABH) at ₹10,000 for an isolation bed, including supportive care and oxygen; ₹15,000 for a bed in an intensive care unit (ICU) without a ventilator and ₹18,000 for an intensive care bed with ventilator stand. Likewise, rates at non-NABH accredited hospitals have been set at ₹8000, ₹13,000 and ₹15,000, respectively, for the same services.
Officials, while setting the rates, had said the purpose of standardizing rates was to eliminate disparities in fees between private hospitals.
As the number of cases increased in wave two, residents alleged that the cost of intensive care treatment exceeded ₹50,000, while more ₹20,000 per day were billed for treatment in the general service. The state government intervened after people contacted the state administration directly.
“Action will be taken against the affected hospital based on the final report submitted by the accountant,” Dahiya said, declining to comment on the deadline for submitting the final report.