The Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has doubled the rent of private rooms, along with increasing diet and diagnostic charges. The revised rents come into effect following an order issued by PGIMER director Dr YK Chawla last week.
As per the order, for private rooms located at Nehru Hospital, Advanced Trauma Centre, Advanced Cardiac Centre and Advanced Eye Centre the rent has been increased from Rs 950 to Rs 1,500 per day. Similarly, for paediatrics, the room rent has been increased from Rs 600 to Rs 1,200 per day. Besides that, now VIPs will also have to shell out more money to get treatment at the premier hospital. Earlier, the rent for VIP rooms was Rs 1,500 and now the VIPs will have to pay Rs 3,000 per day. The VIP rooms are a set of two rooms.
Besides the room rent, the diet charges and diagnostic charges have also been increased from Rs 150 to Rs 200 per day. Similarly, the diet charges for attendants have been increased from Rs 150 to Rs 300 per day. The diet charges for the patients are mandatory, but for attendants it is optional.
Like earlier, the patients who undergo treatment at private rooms will have to pay double the charges for most of the diagnostic tests and examinations as compared to the general ward patients.
According to sources in the PGIMER administration, the rents of private rooms were not increased for the past eight years.
Significantly, there are around 150 private rooms at the institute, including 100 at the Nehru Hospital alone. Now, under the Nehru Hospital’s expansion plan, the institute will get 80 more private rooms. There is always a huge waiting for these private rooms.
Interestingly, in financial year 2011-12, the institute drew flack from comptroller auditor general for keeping the VIP rooms vacant. The occupancy rate for total six VIPs rooms was just 15%. The audit team found that had these rooms were given to common people it had generated around Rs 22.5 lakh annually for the institute.