Pune, August 12, 2020: The Pune divisional commissioner has slammed notices on 83 hospitals for overcharging coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad area. The official has stated that in most cases, the hospitals have forwarded their explanations, and the administration is assessing their replies.
Divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao said, “less number of government hospitals in the city has made us rely on private hospitals, but we are ensuring that the fee charged to the patients at private hospitals which is more than Rs 1.5 lakh are audited by 28 auditors and eight deputy collectors, who have been appointed to address complaints of overcharging”.
Rao also cited that the lack of an adequate number of government hospitals in Pune is also why Mumbai is doing better than Pune in order to treat COVID-19 patients. He said, “the number of government hospitals in Pune is lesser than that of Mumbai, which is the reason for lower bed availability.”