Mangaluru: August 26, 2015: The Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust of the department of health and family welfare has suspended Indiana Hospital in the city from the Vajpayee Arogyashree scheme until further orders.
The decision follows a move from the hospital to seek money from BPL patients who were entitled to free treatment under the scheme and in violation of the terms and conditions governing the arrangement that the trust has with hospitals empanelled under the scheme. Dr P Boregowda, executive director of Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust, on Tuesday stated that Muhammad Sharief, a BPL card holder, was admitted to Indiana Hospital for a heart-related ailment on August 22.
The hospital, despite knowing that the patient was eligible for free treatment under the scheme, withheld this information and misguided him and after carrying out the operation, demanded that the patient pay Rs 1.30 lakh for the procedure. The hospital authorities did not heed to requests from Muhammad’s attendants that they were from a BPL family and therefore eligible for free treatment under the scheme, Dr Boregowda said.
He added that the hospital authorities also demanded that Asainar, another BPL patient from Belma village in Mangaluru taluk, pay an additional Rs 25,000 for treatment provided to him. Both these instances are in contravention of terms of empanelment.
Noting that the Trust has taken both these cases very seriously, Dr Boregowda said the hospital’s empanelment has been suspended until further order.
Noting that the Trust has entered into an MoU with more than 190 hospitals across the state, Indiana Hospital -being one among them - to provide free treatment to patients under the scheme, he said that the empanelled hospitals violating terms of the MoU will face disciplinary action. Call 080-22341572; directorsast@ gmail. com