“Rome was Burning, Nero was sleeping. It has come to be true in Telangana. Corporate hospitals are looting the public and the government is sleeping,” MBT spokesperson Amjed Ullah Khan said.
File photo of MBT spokesperson Amjed Ullah Khan (Picture Courtesy: Youtube)
Former corporator and leader of the Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) Amjed Ullah Khan on Sunday raised the issue of private hospitals in Telangana charging exorbitant prices for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
Khan has warned private hospitals against overcharging patients battling the infection. He has further asked the hospitals to adhere to GO(Rt) No 248 which specifies the rate for a routine ward as Rs 4,000 followed by Rs 7,500 for an isolation ward without a ventilator and Rs 9,000 for an isolation ward equipped with a ventilator.
In a statement, Amjed Ullah Khan said, “Rome was Burning, Nero was sleeping. It has come to be true in Telangana. Corporate hospitals are looting the public and the government is sleeping. No corporate hospital is following GO(Rt) No 248. See KIMS Hospital at Minister’s Road Begumpet charged a Covid-19 patient Rs 4.25 lakhs. The patient was admitted early morning on June 20 and died on June 27 and the family paid Rs 1 lakh as advance and were asked to pay Rs 3.25 lakhs to receive the dead body.”
“Rome was Burning, Nero was sleeping” It has come to be true in Telangana, Hospitals looting public & Govt sleeping, No Corporate Hospital following Go Rt No: 248, @KIMShospital charged Rs/ 4.25 lakhs to a Covid-19 patient./1@KTRTRS @Eatala_Rajender @KTRoffice @hydcitypolice pic.twitter.com/9BfOKHHLT9
— Amjed Ullah Khan MBT (@amjedmbt) June 28, 2020
“Don’t know why all MPs and MLAs of TRS and AIMIM are silent on this corporate hospital loot,” Amjed Ullah Khan said. He further alleged that many leaders of the ruling party and its allies avail heavy discounts for their family and friends since they have partnerships in private hospitals.
The state government has in fact fixed Rs 4,500 per day as the rate for treatment of a COVID patient in a private hospital. At the same time, the fixed rate for an ICU without a ventilator or isolation ward is Rs 7,500 and the same for an ICU with an isolation ward and a ventilator is Rs 9,000. The Telangana government has also fixed the rate of test for the novel coronavirus at Rs 2,700.
However, instances of private hospitals charging more for treatment continue to come to light from across the state.