Mumbai: Top hospital detains patient for not paying bill of Rs 1.60 lakh

In a shocking incident a patient was detained by a top Mumbai Hospital for not paying bill of Rs 1.60 lakh, which he couldn’t afford.

According to Mid-Day, Shekhar Poojari, 46, a physically handicapped waiter, was detained by Hinduja Hospital over a bill of Rs 1.60 lakh. While this is a violation of rights to detain any patient, the hospital claims that Shekhar didn’t cater proper documents when he got admitted.

Shekhar, who is a waiter by profession and has a monthly earning of Rs 8,000, couldn’t afford such huge amount of bill. Shekhar, who is now healthy, has not been allowed to leave, despite him submitting all documents that proves he qualifies for benefits accorded to the ‘weaker section’ patients under the Charity Commission.

Shekhar was on duty at Prabhadevi, on June 17, when he complained of high sugar and was rushed to hospital by his colleagues. During his admission in the hospital his colleagues and boss at hotel manage to arrange Rs 38,000 and got him admitted. But during his discharge on July 3, the bill climbed to Rs 1.60 lakh. The bill will go up during his additional stay in the hospital, while he still fights the fighting authorities to come to an agreement as they have refused to accept his financial documents that prove he belongs to the ‘weaker section’ patient category.

Shekhar sends money to his wife and two children who reside in Mangalore. Samuel Karkada, who is the owner of the restaurant in which Shekhar works in, has spoken to the hospital administration but the hospital denied to give concessions, even after he being provided valid documents such as electricity bill, ration card, and salary documents, according to the Mid-Day report.

The hospital is blaming the patient for not submitting proper paper work during admission, and also not approaching their PRD during admission. The hospital also says that the patients’ employer approached the hospital about 8 to 10 days back, only with the patient’s salary letter. He was then explained the hospital’s policy for providing charitable treatment and was advised to submit the other required documents also. But, the hospital claims that they haven’t received any paper till now.

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