MP to raise in Parliament exploitation by corporate hospital in Hyderabad
Rajya Sabha member M A Khan has decided to take up the issue of exploitation by Corporate Hospitals in the Parliament. He has already submitted a complaint to the privilege committee seeking cancellation of permissions to the errant hospitals.
Hyderabad: Rajya Sabha member M A Khan has decided to take up the issue of exploitation by Corporate Hospitals in the Parliament. He has already submitted a complaint to the privilege committee seeking cancellation of permissions to the errant hospitals.
Speaking to media persons on the Assembly premises on Saturday, Khan cited various instances where a city-based corporate hospital had fleeced people who were undergoing treatment for simple ailments. Though he has CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) card, he was also forced to shell out money at the same corporate hospital at its Malakpet branch.
Aggrieved by the hospital management’s conduct, he took up the issue with the Union Health Minister J P Nadda, demanding a thorough investigation into “practices” in private hospitals and for revising the list of empanelled CGHS hospitals.
On March 18, upon his arrival from Delhi, Khan’s wife. who was accompanying him, complained of diarrhoea and was taken to a corporate hospital at Malakpet. Despite having CGHS card and being member of Parliament, Khan was asked to deposit Rs 40,000.
“Despite hospital having been empanelled under CGHS, the hospital authorities refused to acknowledge the card and insisted for advance payment. Only after I deposited some amount, the hospital admitted my wife,” said the MP.
In his letter to Union Health Minister, he claimed that his wife was subjected to several investigations, some of them unnecessary and unwarranted, which were nowhere connected to diarrhoea.
The doctors insisted that his wife should stay in the hospital for at least three days or she would be discharged at their own risk. “By this time my wife developed rashes all over the body because of the type of medicine and treatment.