Although the government had regulated 80 per cent usage of bed capacity for private hospitals (excluding beds in PICU, NICU, daycare, maintenance and haemodialysis), while capping prices of Covid-19 related treatment, there were numerous complaints of exorbitant billing and sheer profiteering by private players when the pandemic peaked in the twin city.
In order to provide relief to those who were fleeced, local activists of the Youth Congress led by Deep Kaakde and Kunal Katkar have extended a helping hand by assisting people in claiming refunds from the concerned private hospitals.
In a public appeal to those who have been overcharged and deprived of concessions by hospitals empanelled under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY), the Youth Congress has asked them to come forward with applications supported with documents including hospital bills, discharge summary, ration card and Aadhar card of the patient.
“At a time when humanity is battling a pandemic, some people have taken it as an opportunity to mint money. We under the guidance of our leaders Muzaffar Hussain and Pramod Samant will try and help people by getting their bills audited and ensure refunds in case of inflated charges. Citizens can contact us on 99 2022 2024/ 98 6786 1006 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.” said Deep Kaakde.
To address the billing issue, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) had formed a dedicated panel to audit bills and keep a tab on private hospitals.
However, it has been alleged that patients and their kin continued to bear the brunt of exorbitant bills towards medicines, injections, beds, oxygen, tests, ambulances and other medical facilities.