Karnataka: 5 private hospitals get notice for allegedly overcharging patients, asked to submit bill details
Bangalore: The Karnataka Health Department has issued notice to five private hospitals for allegedly violating the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) norms and overcharging patients admitted through private quota and has sought the details of the cost incurred to patients.
The hospitals have also been warned of FIR by the Health Department if they fail to come out with details of billing on patients who got admitted in the facilities since April 1, within 3 days.
The five hospitals that received the notices included Ashwini Hospital, St. John's Hospital, Athreya Hospital, KK Hospital, and Sparsh Hospital.
One of the senior officials confirmed that the SAST team received several complaints against the private hospitals and acting on the complaint, the health department issued notices directing them to provide the details of all the patients and their bills so that they can initiate an investigation accordingly.
Asianet Newsable further reports that the hospitals were accused of excessive billing, overcharging patients and harassing them of either not releasing the body in case of death or forcefully confining the patients on the day of discharge.