Jan Arogya Abhiyan to intensify campaign on rate regulation and patients’ rights in pvt hospitals

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published Published on Feb 5, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 8, 2021

-The Indian Express

Many patients also reported their inability to access public insurance schemes like MPJAY due to lack of co-operation from hospitals, and incurring heavy debt to pay their hospital bills for Covid and other emergency health conditions.

Pune: Manisha Palekar from Kolhapur narrated the story of her husband, a public school teacher, who tested positive for Covid-19 and had to be admitted to a private hospital, which charged them Rs 14 lakh for a stay of 24 days, despite being empanelled with the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Arogya Yojana MPJAY scheme. Manisha’s husband passed away due to complications in October 2020. The hospital withheld his body for 10 hours till the dues were settled. The family has been able to pay Rs 6,00,000 by borrowing the sum from friends and relatives and had to wait for over three months to get bills and medical records from the hospital, despite repeated requests.

Dada Jadhav, a waste picker, described the struggle of getting the hospital bill for his mother’s emergency surgery at a teaching hospital in Pune reimbursed by MPJAY and various other schemes. Despite being eligible for all schemes, his application was not approved, In the end, he had to pay the bill in full and incur heavy debt, which he is paying off even now.

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The Indian Express, 5 February, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jan-arogya-abhiyan-to-intensify-campaign-on-rate-regulation-and-patients-rights-in-pvt-hospitals-testimonies-by-patients-at-public-hearing-7176350/

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