New Delhi, Jan 11: A pregnant woman after suffering from fever, passed away at Faridabad’s Asian Hospital on Monday. To add to the woes of her family, the hospital administration reportedly handed a bill for Rs 18 lakhs for the 22-day treatment.
Uncle of deceased woman told news agency ANI ” She had fever but was shifted to ICU. They said she has typhoid & later said she has a perforated intestine. They asked us to submit Rs 3 Lakh for operation & said it’ll be done once entire amount is submitted. We submitted Rs 10-12 Lakh so far. They asked for Rs 18 Lakh”.
Haryana: A pregnant woman, suffering from fever, died at Faridabad's Asian Hospital. Hospital administration handed over bill of Rs 18 Lakh to her family for a 22-days treatment. Relatives demand an investigation against hospital administration. (08.01.2018) pic.twitter.com/hKY1yLgUSj
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Clarifying the incident, Hospital authorities said “the woman was operated upon because she had perforated intestines but that she could not be saved.
“She was 32-weeks pregnant and had fever since 8-10 days. We suspected typhoid and began treatment in ICU (but) her child could not survive,” said Dr Ramesh Chandna, Chairman Quality and Safety, Asian Hospital.
“We found she had a perforated intestine. A surgery was done but we couldn’t save her,” he added.
This comes at the time when hospitals across the National Capital Region (NCR) are under the scanner for charging an ‘exorbitant’ amount for treatment.
In wake of surge in such incidents Asian Hospital’s charges are also being questioned by the family of the deceased and an inquiry is being demanded.