Pune: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) city unit leaders have threatened to protest against private hospitals, if they do not stop taking deposits and exorbitant fees from patients.
Addressing the media, MNS City Unit President Ajay Shinde said many needy patients are asked to deposit money before getting treatment.
“In 2014, we asked the chief minister to ensure regulation of fees charged by private hospitals. The State government is not taking any action against the private hospitals charging exorbitant fees. As the public health system is poor, patients are forced to visit private hospitals,” said Shinde.
He alleged that private hospitals take deposits ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 from patients.
“The overall treatment cost at a private hospital has increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, if surgery is involved. In a recent incident at a private hospital, a woman was diagnosed with pneumonia and later died,” Shinde said.
“However, the hospital made a bill of Rs 20 lakh and threatened the patient’s family that her body will not be handed over to them till the entire bill is paid. This is extortion,” Shinde further added.
He claimed private hospitals refuse to help patients having a poor background.