Now, the hospitals have been asked to submit a self-audit report for the month of May. (AP)
Now, the hospitals have been asked to submit a self-audit report for the month of May. (AP)

Overcharging of Covid patients: 3 pvt hospitals in Panchkula to refund another 21 lakh

Take call after a self-audit; had already reimbursed 35.43 lakh after being found guilty in April by a district-level monitoring committee
By HT Correspondent, Panchkula
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 12:57 AM IST

Three private hospitals in Panchkula, which have already reimbursed 35.43 lakh after being found guilty of overcharging Covid patients, have agreed to refund an additional 21.46 lakh after conducting a self-audit on the deputy commissioner’s directions of bills issued in April .

The issue came to light when Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta visited one of the hospitals and a patient complained of overcharging. After that, more complaints started pouring in. Following that, a district-level monitoring committee found them guilty.

The hospitals are Paras Hospital, Alchemist Hospital (including Ojas Hospital as it is owned by the same company) and Wings Hospital .

DC Vinay Partap Singh said: “They have paid partly and will refund the rest of the amount soon. Now, we have directed them to do a self-audit for May and submit a report within three weeks.”

BB Singhal, member of the Haryana State Pharmacy Council and Covid bill monitoring committee, said the hospitals have proposed to refund an amount of around 21.46 lakh after identifying excess charges in 33 bills.

‘’Of these 33 Covid bills, six were from Alchemist, 10 from Ojas and 17 from Paras Hospital,’’ he said.

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