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Gurgaon: Mandatory for private hospitals, labs to display dengue test charges

Gurgaon’s health department has asked private hospitals and facilities in the city to display charges for conducting diagnostic tests to detect dengue, a week after two prominent laboratories were found overcharging patients.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 08, 2016 14:07 IST
A view of Safdarjung Hospital's dengue ward. Dengue continues to be rampant in New Delhi. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal/ Hindustan Times)
A view of Safdarjung Hospital's dengue ward. Dengue continues to be rampant in New Delhi. (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

Gurgaon’s health department has asked private hospitals and facilities in the city to display charges for conducting diagnostic tests to detect dengue, a week after two prominent laboratories were found overcharging patients.

Last month, the district’s health department made it mandatory for private hospitals to charge not more than Rs 600 for dengue tests. It also directed officials to initiate action against those who do not display the cost of these tests.

“All the diagnostic centres are to display a rate card of their services to ensure transparency. Rs 600 has been fixed as the maximum amount to be collected for the diagnostic tests, the general public should know the comparative rates of the tests in different laboratories,” a senior official in the health department said.

“Officials of the department will be inspecting them and initiate action against the violators,” he added.

Individual diagnostic laboratories will also have to inform about the cost of these tests, officials said. The rate card is expected to end billing disputes between patients and hospitals, they added.

Sources said that the state government has also directed the drug control department to inspect more medical facilities and diagnostic labs to check if they were following its order following complaints that private medical institutions were charging more than the prescribed rate.

The district drug control department conducted searches at a private hospital and two private laboratories in Gurgaon last Thursday after it received complaints that these facilities were allegedly overcharging patients for conducting dengue tests.

Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Sector 44 and KKR Laboratory on Khandsa Road were found to be overcharging and were sealed. Health department officials said Fortis was charging Rs 1,777 and KKR Laboratory Rs 1,200 for the NS1 Elisa test.

A search was also conducted at Lal Path Labs in Sector 14, but officials said it was following the laws.