7-yr-old dies of dengue, Fortis hospital charged Rs 18 lakh for 2 weeks

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The billing of patients in private hospitals is often neither fair nor transparent. This new incident shocked everyone, A 7-year-old girl, suffering from dengue who passed away at the end of her 15-day stay at Fortis Hospital, Gurugram. The parents of the deceased were billed Rs 18 lakh for her 15-day stay at Hospital and were allowed to take the child to another hospital only after they paid the full bill amount.

According to reports, the 19-page long bill by the Fortis Hospital shows the parents being charged for 661 syringes and 2,700 gloves, among other things, which were supposedly used during the treatment. The matter got highlighted after the father of the deceased, Jayant Singh alleged that he had paid the full bill and further accused the hospital of inflating the bill and imposing arbitrary costs. He also said that after paying this amount, his daughter didn’t get the proper treatment as there were no doctors to look after her on weekends. Adya Singh, daughter of Dwarka-based IT professional Jayant Singh, was admitted to Fortis Hospital on August 31 with ‘severe dengue’, which later progressed to ‘dengue shock syndrome’.

This news came to limelight when one of the persons who knew the family used the social media to highlight the disturbing detail undergone by the family during their daughter’s treatment. Union health minister JP Nadda quote-tweeted the child’s family friend’s tweet and assured that necessary action would be taken.

NDA Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrashekhar also retweeted @DopeFloat’s status to Nadda.

Fortis Hospital Statement

Fortis hospital, however, said that Adya had suffered from Dengue shock syndrome and had to be put on life support as her condition kept deteriorating.

“The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child,” it said in a statement.

“On 14th September, 17, family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day,” it added.

The hospital also said that the girl was critical right from the time of admission, requiring Intensive monitoring. “Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia.”

“Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals,” it said.

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