West Bengal caps Advance payment that hospital can take at time of admission, issues directives
West Bengal: Hospitals in the state of West Bengal will not be allowed to charge more than Rs 50,000 per patient at the time of admission, a new directive of the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) has spelt.
As per a new directive of the commission, the private hospitals in West Bengal cannot charge patients more than 20 percent of the estimated cost of treatment or a maximum of Rs 50,000 at the time of admission. Confirmation to this effect was made a senior official to media persons on Sunday.
The move came after WBCERC received some complaints regarding private hospitals overcharging patients and also found that private hospitals are facing difficulties in securing the charges from patients, especially after the death of the patients. Hence, they decided to allow the hospitals to charge certain percentage amount to ensure advantages for both sides.