Tk 1.7lakhs charged for COVID-19 treatment, returned with apology
Published: 08:47 PM, 3 June 2020
A COVID-19 patient named Saifur Rahman was admitted to Anwar Khan Modern Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. He took treatment there for 11 days. At the time of release, he got surprised to see the bill of Tk 1,70,875. Later, after media coverage hospital authority has apologized for the mistakes of staff and returned the money.
On Wednesday morning, the Saifur Rahman was called from the hospital. After his younger brother Ariful Islam Sumon went there, and hospital returned him Tk 1,15 995. However, the hospital deducted the bills of June 1 and 2 from the patient as it was removed from the ‘Covid-19 Dedicated Hospital’ list fixed by the government on May 31.
Saifur Rahman was admitted to Anwar Khan Modern Medical College Hospital after being detected as COVID-19 positive on May 23. He got the release on Tuesday. The cost of treatment was showed Tk 1,70,875 for 11 days at the time of release. He could not get release from the hospital as he failed to pay. He was forced to keep in the hospital till 10:30 last night. In the end, after many requests, he was released with Tk 1,50,000.
Saifur Rahman told the media on Tuesday night, “I have not had any operation. I was not in the ICU. Oxygen was not taken. Two X-rays and two blood tests, only Napa and gastric tablets have been given. I bought the rest of the medicine from outside. But the bill showed of Tk 1,70,875!”
Returning the money to the patient's family, Anwar Khan Modern Hospital Authorities said, “Let everyone know, there was a misunderstanding between us. The bill was not meant to be like that.”
In this context, Anwar Khan Modern Hospital Director (Administration) Dr. Ihteshamul Haque said, “We have returned the money. Thanks to the media, if you had not brought the matter to my notice, patients would not have benefited. Our staff would have made more mistakes. Thank you for your cooperation.”
Dr. Ihteshamul further said, "We have canceled the agreement we had with the government as COVID Dedicated Hospital from May 31. We are no longer in the COVID project with the government. The hospital will run under our own management. For this reason, the patient has to bear the expenses of treatment himself. So, we were forced to keep a two-day bill from that patient.”
Regarding this, Additional Secretary of the Department of Health Habibur Rahman said, “They have to follow the government rules till May 31. The bottom line is that as a COVID Dedicated Hospital, money cannot be charged from Corona patients till that day. However, from June 1, they are be able to take medical expenses.”