HC directed State government to refund excess amount collected by Hospitals

On Wednesday,  the High Court of Telangana directed the State Government to refund the excess amount collected by the private and corporate hospitals while treating Covid-19 patients. The court asked the government to start the exercise with the hospitals whose permission to treat Covid patients has already been cancelled. The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Hima Kohli pulled up state Director for Health G Srinivasa Rao for not taking any steps towards returning the exorbitant amount collected by the corporate hospitals from the Covid patients during the pandemic time.

For your information let us share that the Court observed that the government had failed to present action taken report on the notices served by the government to the erring hospitals. The Health officials only cancelled the licences of 21 hospitals for exploiting the patients and left the victims in the lurch who paid lakhs of rupees for treatment. The court also questioned the government for not revising the medical charges collected from the patients in the second wave of pandemic and asked them to issue a fresh GO immediately. It also asked the Health department to hold a full-fledged inquiry into the issue of excess billing.

However, here it is to be noted that top officials of the Health department told The Hans India that the court order to return the excess treatment fee to the patients from hospitals would be discussed in detail with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Some hospitals already approached the High court challenging the notices served on them and some against the cancellation of licences. All these issues should be sorted out before taking a decision on the payment of compensation.

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