Remember the Fortis medical bill worth Rs 16 lakh? This law will ensure it never happens again

In November last year, FortisNSE -2.11 % Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon) charged the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient nearly Rs 16 lakh for 15 days in the ICU. The girl died while being shifted from Fortis to Rockland Hospital. Hospitals in big cities inflate costs of medicine, etc., sometimes 100s of times. According to Satyendar Jain, the health minister of the Delhi state, there have been instances in the past in which private hospitals were found to have charged 1,000 to 1,700% margins on medicines and consumables. Patients and their…

Read More