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Dengue death case: Fortis Hospital overcharged family by 1,700%, says NPPA

For medicines under price control, the mark-ups that Fortis took were anywhere between 5% & 350%; for price control category, family was overbilled between 10-200%.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Fortis Hospital, Fortis

at charged as high as 1,700 per cent margin on consumables and medicines used for the treatment of a dengue patient who subsequently died of the illness, the (NPPA) said on Friday. Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, charged a margin of up to 1,737 per cent on procurement price on a three-way stop cock, the regulator said. The procurement price of the consumable per unit stood at Rs 5.77 while the hospital charged Rs 106 per unit for the product, it added. The consumables listed by the included items such as syringes, gloves and towels among others. Last month, the had asked to provide copies of bills in relation to allegations that its Gurgaon-based hospital overcharged the family of a seven-year old girl, who died of dengue. Regarding the non-scheduled formulations, said the hospital charged the family a margin as high as 914 per cent. Elaborating, the said the hospital charged Rs 287.50 for Dotamin 200 mg whose procurement price per unit stood at Rs 28.35, a margin of 914 per cent. Fortis also charged Rs 3,112.50 for Merocrit 1 GM thus charging a margin of 670 per cent.

The hospital had procured the formulation at Rs 404.32 per unit, the regulator said. Regarding the scheduled formulations which are under the ambit of price control, the said the hospital charged up to 343 per cent from the family of Adya. The per unit procurement price of Tranemic by the hospital stood at Rs 15.75 while it was billed at Rs 69.77 per unit to the family. The regulator gave a list of 39 scheduled formulations, 41 non-scheduled formulations and 96 consumables that were used for the treatment of Adya. "shall be taking necessary follow up action as per existing law and with in its jurisdiction," the regulator said. The reply of could not be obtained at the time of filing the story. The drug authority's action came after the Union Health Ministry asked all states to issue strict warnings and take action against hospitals, including private ones, which indulge in malpractices such as overcharging and do not follow standard treatment protocols.

First Published: Fri, December 15 2017. 21:50 IST
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