In a shocking revelation, its has emerged that Haryana’s Fortis hospital had pocketed a whopping 1700% profit on medicines from the grieving parents of 7-year-old Adya, who died while being treated for dengue.
The list released by Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers shows how Fortis hospital had charged Adya’s parents several hundred percent more than the procurement cost of the medicines and consumables.
National Pharmaceutical and Pricing Authority, which functions under Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has said that it was releasing the information in public interest as the central government was committed to ‘transparency and accountability in governance.’
It said, “The NPPA shall be taking necessary follow up action as per existing law and within its jurisdiction.”
Fortis charged 1737% more than the procurement cost on ‘three way stop cock, BI valve, GS-3040, Romsons,’ while it pocketed a profit of 1271% on ‘I.V INFUSION SET NON-VENTED,RMS INFUSION SET,,SS-3062.’
The hospital charged 1208% more than the procurement cost on disposable syringes and 1201% profit on pressure monitoring line. (See the entire list below)
The news of Adya’s death at Gurgaon’s Fortis hospital had shocked the nation last month. What was even more shocking was how the hospital had decided to charge the parents Rs 18 lakh towards the treatment cost.
According to a friend of the family, the whopping bill of Rs 18 lakh included 2,700 gloves that were billed at Rs. 17,142. Other medical examinations such as blood tests cost Adya’s father Jayant additional Rs. 2.17 lakh. If this was not enough, Fortis also charged for 660 syringes.
Even after the family cleared the bill, they were asked to visit the hospital to pay for the gown that Adya wore while being discharged since her clothes did not fit her.