At a time when people in Delhi are already facing problems for getting coronavirus treatment, a private hospital in Delhi has reportedly fixed Rs 3 lakhs as a minimum bill for COVID-19 patients. Several Twitter users are sharing a photo of the alleged circular of Saroj Super Speciality Hospital which claims that patients will be charged a minimum of Rs 3 lakhs once he gets admitted for treatment of the coronavirus.
“Rs. 3 Lacs will be the minimum bill irrespective of the number of days of Stay/Category of the Patient…Patient charges would be on daily basis. However, the bill amount would be Rs. 3 Lacs and / or per day charges whichever is more,” reads the letter which is undersigned by Brig. M Khajuria, Executive Director of Saroj Group of Hospitals.
SAROJ Hospital (private)
– Will charge minimum 3 Lakh/ DAY
– 4 lakh advance for bed, 8 Lakh for ICU/day.@ArvindKejriwal @SatyendarJain please take action against this hospital. They are just trying to stop COVID patients to come to their hospital by charging this huge amount. pic.twitter.com/FUmMCI60M7
— Rajkumar Meena (@ErRajkumarMeena) June 8, 2020
It is important to mention that we tried to take the version of the Saorj Super Speciality Hospital but could not. We will update the story as soon as someone from the hospital speaks on this matter.
Meanwhile, Twitterati has gone berserk over it and asking how a hospital can issue such a circular.
“Sir, 3 Lacs minimum bill & 4 Lacs advance. What % of Indian population can afford this #Covid19 treatment? Please order review & improve the health system pan-India. Thx,” tweeted a user.
@MoHFW_INDIA @HMOIndia @BhallaAjay26 Sir, 3 Lacs minimum bill & 4 Lacs advance. What % of Indian population can afford this #Covid19 treatment? Please order review & improve the health system pan-India. Thx.@msisodia @ArvindKejriwal @PMOIndia
— Pramod (@P_K_Srivastava) June 7, 2020
It also states that a patient will be admitted only after the advance of Rs 4 Lacs in 2Bedded/3Bedded category & Rs 5 Lac in SingleRoom & Rs.8 Lac in ICU.
Moreover, the circular of the Saroj Hospital refers to ‘Govt Of Delhi ruling Vide their letter No. 23/413 Gen/Circular/HC/OGHS/HO/S366 dated 24/5/20’ to claim that the charges are as decided by the Delhi government.
This has not gone down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now asking Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to explain whether any such ruling has been issued by his government or not.
Reacting to the circular, RP Singh, National Secretary, BJP, said that Delhi is ‘Ram Bharose’ as no common man is getting COVID-19 treatment.
Letter of a Saroj Hospital refer to:
Govt Of Delhi ruling Vide their letter No. 23/413 Gen/Circular/HC/OGHS/HO/S366 dated 24/5/20
Patient will be admitted only after adv. of ₹4 Lac in 2Bedded 3Bedded category & ₹5 Lac in SingleRoom & Rs.8 Lac in ICU@ArvindKejriwal is it true ? pic.twitter.com/aD5Ma8vyEm
— RP Singh: National Secretary BJP (@rpsinghkhalsa) June 7, 2020
“I have asked them (Kejriwal government) to explain this. How can a hospital charge this much and have you authorized them to charge it? Delhi government should issue a clarification…. Delhi is ‘Ram Bharose’,” Singh told Health Wire.