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Private hospitals in Srikakulam fleecing the patients amid covid-19


Old habits die hard. Many private hospitals in the Srikakulam district started exploitation of patients in the name of special treatment, beds, and isolation rooms with the rapid rise in the second wave of Covid-19. During the first wave of Covid-19, most of the private hospitals have exploited patients in the name of special packages violating all established government norms and guidelines.

Many hospital managements had fixed Rs 3 lakh as a fee for admission of patient at that time. But officials concerned failed to prevent the exploitation due to lax attitude. Now this time also, complaints poured in regarding unauthorized admission of patients at corporate hospitals in the district. Usually, Covid patients have to admit into government hospitals and government notified private hospitals.

In case, the patient is interested to admit into a private corporate hospital, he has to obtain permission from the concerned government hospital medical officer. Subsequently, the government medical officer will give his nod only when the patient needs special treatment. Nevertheless, without following these norms, corporate hospitals’ management are exploiting the patients indiscriminately and charging exorbitant fees. Officials received complaints regarding the exploitation of corporate hospitals Unique, Golivi and Medicover in the district.

Taking cognizance of the complaints, District Collector of Srikakulam, J Nivas and Joint Collector K Srinivasulu expressed their anger and warned the managements of private corporate hospitals with stern action if they admit any patient without following rules and collect amount more than the fixed fee.

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