Fortis hospital in Gurugram ( Gurgaon ) allegedly charged Rs 18 lakh for 15 day treatment of seven-year-old dengue patient, who later died while being shifted to a different hospital. Jayant Singh admitted his daughter Adya Singh to Fortis Gurgaon on August 31 with severe dengue, which later progressed to ‘dengue shock syndrome’. The hospital put Adya on ventilation due to a progressive fall in her platelet count. The fortis Memorial Research Institute billed them 18 lakh INR including, 660 syringes and 2,700 gloves during her 15-day hospital stay. The 20-page itemized bill of the hospital was posted by one of the family friend of the patient on Twitter alleging disparity in billing, treatment and medical ethics.
“After her death, Fortis Hospital asked the family to get an ambulance from another hospital (since a death in their ambulance also counts as Death under Fortis care), the family had to do rounds of multiple hospitals to close this and finally, found one.” said family friend on twitter.
The case came into light when Union Health Minister, Jagat Prakash Nadda responded to a tweet of the family friend and asked him to provide the detail,” Please provide me details on [email protected] We will take all the necessary action,” the health minister said on Twitter.
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) November 20, 2017
“The doctors had said that she should come off life-support in 24 hours, but she was on ventilator and dialysis for 15 days. After three or four days, doctors told that there might be some brain damage, they said they will do MRI. But no CT / MRI was done while the treatment,” said Adya’s father Jayant Singh, who is an IT professional from Gurgaon. Jayant sing said they will file a case in consumer court against Fortis.