Asian hospital in Faridabad hands over bill of Rs 18 lakh, patient dies
Faridabad : In yet another case of medical negligence, Asian Hospital in Faridabad has been charged for over charging a family, despite the patient - a pregnant woman - died after 22-day treatment.
Ninteen-year old Shweta was admitted to Asian Hospital in Faridabad suffering from fever. After 22-day treatment, doctors could not save her and handed over the family a bill of Rs 18 lakhs.
The victim family has demanded investigation in the matter, said a news agency.
According to the victim's uncle, initially she had fever but was shifted later to the ICU. "The hospital staff told us that she had typhoid and later said she has a perforated intestine. They asked us to submit Rs 3 lakh for operation and said it would be done once the entire amount was submitted. We then submitted Rs 10-12 lakh to which they then asked for Rs 18 lakh," her uncle said.
The hospital in its defence claimed that they had already mentioned family about the seriousness of the patient's condition and also approximate expense in the treatment.
"Patient and relatives were explained about the seriousness and bad prognosis for both the foetus and the mother. Patient was kept in ICU, started with antibiotics and tocolytics to prevent infection and premature labour. She was then settled and shifted on 3rd day into the ward after which she complained of pain in the abdomen. A gynecologist was consulted and a P.V. examination was done which showed that patient was already in advanced labour. The family was not willing to pay the hospital bills and to evade payments they resorted to violence and allegation of negligence in treatment," the hospital said in its statement.
The incident has come to light at a time when the governments are tightening their noose on the inflated charges by private hospitals on the name of treatment.