5 Hyderabad Hospitals Face Govt action overcharging Covid-19 patients

The Director of Public Health, Telangana, has banned five hospitals in Hyderabad from admitting new COVID-19 patients for violating treatment protocols. The hospitals have been indicted for overcharging patients with inappropriate and surplus billing. A total of 88 complaints have been filed against 64 hospitals in the state.

To ensure no inconvenience is faced by already admitted patients, DPH has allowed prohibited hospitals to continue with their treatment as per charges fixed by the government. The authority has made it clear that the government will be compelled to cancel the license issued to the hospitals if any complaint is received from patients who are getting treated.
The orders were issued by DPH G. Srinivasa Rao on Friday. Hospitals barred from admitting new patients include Virinchi Hospital Banjara Hills, Max Health Hospital KPHB, Neelima Hospital Sanathnagar, TX Hospital Kachiguda and VINN Hospital Begumpet.

The DPH in its order also mentioned that the explanation given by the hospitals against lodged complaints was not satisfactory. A notice has been issued to all the 64 hospitals against which complaints have been made. A total of 6 complaints were received against Omni Hospital Kukatpally, 5 against Vinn Hospital Begumpet, 3 each against TX Hospital Kachiguda and Udai Mini Hospital Abids, 2 against 11 hospitals and one each against 49 hospitals in the state.

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