Mohali hospital fined for charging past CGHS charges : The Tribune India


Amarjot Kaur

Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, January 7

The Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare has imposed a nice of Rs 50,000 on Fortis, Mohali, for charging a Central Authorities Well being Scheme (CGHS) beneficiary over and above the prescribed charges.

Responding to advocate Pankaj Chandgothia’s authorized discover on the difficulty, Further Director, CGHS, Chandigarh, Dr Ashwani Kumar, stated, “Cashless amenities had been supplied to the beneficiary, however Fortis Hospital has charged over and past the CGHS charges, which is a violation of the memorandum of settlement (MOA) signed by it. Therefore, regardless of imposing a penalty of Rs 50,000, the expenditure of Rs 58,931 can also be being recovered from its pending payments. On this regard, a warning letter has been issued to the hospital to make sure that such incidents are usually not repeated, failing which acceptable motion will probably be taken as per the CGHS tips.”

Metropolis resident Surat Singh was admitted to Fortis below the Central scheme on November 24, 2017, following the reference of the CGHS officer. Being a member of the CGHS, Surat Singh’s expenditure on therapy was to be paid by the CGHS authorities on to Fortis. He was referred to the hospital by the medical officer of the CGHS Wellness Centre No. 1, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on November 21, 2017.

Surat Singh died on December 3, 2017, and the hospital raised a invoice of Rs 2,05,067, claiming that Rs 58,931 was payable by the affected person’s household as their share of therapy expenditure, to be able to get the physique launched. Succumbing to circumstances, Surat Singh’s son RS Rawat needed to subject a cheque for Rs 58,931 in favour of Fortis Healthcare Ltd.

Chandgothia contended that the Supreme Court docket prohibited hospitals from holding again our bodies on account of non-payment of dues. Even after Rawat stopped cost towards the cheque, Fortis offered the cheque for encashment. The cheque was returned on the account of “cease cost”. Nevertheless, the hospital filed a prison grievance below Part 138 of the Negotiable Devices Act towards Rawat, who opted to come back out of the onerous circumstances and paid Rs 58,931 earlier than the court docket on the very first date of listening to.


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