With COVID-19 cases seeing no end in the immediate future, private hospitals will inevitably come into the picture on a large scale. However, the price of treatment in private hospitals is exorbitant, and sometimes, cannot be affordable too.
Delhi Max Hospital’s Outrageous Pricing
A Twitter user recently shared a post that shows the astoundingly high rates for COVID-19 treatment at Max hospital in Delhi. As per the details, the per-day charges of COVID management at Max Healthcare range from Rs 25,000 for an economy room, to a whopping Rs 72,500 for an ICU with a ventilator. Charges for PPE range from Rs 3,900 to Rs 7,900. COVID testing is priced at Rs 4,500. Here is the tweet that has gone viral:
I want to curb your absurd pricing and shameless foraging for money.
I can supply you latex PPEs at Rs. 600 pp, Nitril gloves at Rs. 275 pc, N95 at Rs. 375 PC, surgical masks at Rs. 2 pp, sanitizers at Rs. 20 pb.
— Gautam Kapoor (@gautamkapoor54) June 12, 2020
Twitter left fuming
Netizens could not digest the fact that this hospital was milking the situation for its monetary advantage. Of course, a few of them displayed their anger on the platform:
Shame on #maxhospital 😡
LITERALLY SHAME ON YOU!
In the time of crisis, this is what you are charging? HIGHLY DISAPPILOINTED! pic.twitter.com/bos8jVIPtV
— Prerna (@theprernaa) June 13, 2020
— SANJEET SINGH (@SANJEET2SINGH) June 13, 2020
MaxHospital doesn't care for lives of ppl be it newly-born babies or100s of hard working laborers working on their Antara Senior Life project in Dehradun.They have been denied their wages for more than 3years pushing them on the brink of suicide.Shame on Max Group #NDTVNews
— Md Muktar (@md_muktar_) December 2, 2017
— Vishwajeet Kumar (@Vishwajeetk0) June 13, 2020
— harish phani (@HarishPhani) June 12, 2020
The economy is already down, People are starving due to lack of food and money.
Total crisis all over and this hospital is sucking blood of patients under the name of treatment.
DO YOU HAVE GOLDEN BEDS IN YOUR HOSPITALS OR 100% SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT ?
— Dr. Avni Chaudhary (@DrAvnii) June 13, 2020
One user even felt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to interfere in the matter and stop the loot. A few even felt that the Government must take severe action on such hospitals.
Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu are among the few states that recently capped the rates for COVID and non-COVID treatment in the state to address the issue of over-billing by healthcare providers. As per reports, Delhi is the only exception with no regulation, despite numerous complaints.
Source: India Times