With COVID-19 pandemic on the rise, the scandal of hefty inflated bills charged by hospitals is taking a flight, overcharging bills and denial of treatment to COVID patients by hospitals have become a rising concern and a pressing issue while the city combats COVID-19.
Perceiving the grievances of citizens, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar has issued a stern advisory implying instructions and guidelines adhering to the Maharashtra Government’s order of May 21.
Directing all private and charitable run hospitals to strictly comply to the directions issued, NMMC Chief Abhijit Bangar giving the details stated,”Every Covid hospital in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) jurisdiction will have to be registered under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana.
All hospitals have to start rapid antigen tests on immediate basis. NMMC will supply the kits to hospitals if required. The hospitals will not consume any charges for the same from patients.
In all hospitals, 80% of beds will be controlled by NMMC. The charges for the beds will be as per the specified government order. The availability of beds should be prominently displayed by the hospitals in the lobby of their main entrance.”
Warning hospital to not deny admission of patients, NMMC Chief asked hospitals to update on NMMC’s dashboard the real-time bed occupant data of their respective institutions.
Reiterating his special directive Bangar stated, that even if a COVID patient has its oxygen saturation less than 95% the patient should in no wise be denied admission even if beds are not available.
While a bed is being arranged hospitals must make sure to stablize the patient at the triage department and then later shift him in a full oxygen-equipped ambulance to another hospital. In unfortunate circumstances of the death of the patient, the hospital must not withhold to handover the body citing non-payment of hospital bills.
With NMMC Chief going all out to aid relief to citizens in getting required treatments at affordable rates, it indeed reveals that NMMC is putting its best foot forward to battle the COVID-19 pandemic in Navi Mumbai.