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COVID-19: FIR filed against Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital for overcharging

The Nanavati hospital allegedly overcharged the family of a woman who died due to the coronavirus earlier in May.

COVID-19: FIR filed against Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital for overcharging
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The Santacruz Police station has registered an FIR against the renowned Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai for allegedly overcharging a COVID-19 patient. The case was registered on Wednesday on the basis of a complaint filed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 

The Nanavati hospital allegedly overcharged the family of a woman who died due to the coronavirus. The 52-year-old COVID-19 patient lost her life in May after being treated at the hospital 13 days. However, the family was given a bill of ₹6 lakh. 

Senior police inspector Shriram Koregaonkar told Mumbai Live that a case has been registered against the trustee, president and doctors of the hospital under section 188. Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Trimukhe also confirmed the development. 

After getting a bill of ₹6 lakh, the family complained to the BMC after which a case was registered against the Nanavati Hospital for violating an order issued by a public servant. The hospital overcharged the woman’s family for the use of Private Protection Kit (PPE), safety and sanitation equipment. 

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had reserved 80 per cent beds in private hospitals and nursing homes in the state and capped the treatment charges. Private hospitals can charge their rates on 20 per cent of the beds. This is application amid the coronavirus outbreak till August. 

The COVID-19 deceased was admitted under the 80 per cent beds reserved by the state government. The Chief Minister had earlier suggested that the civic body should appoint officers to monitor whether private hospitals are following the government orders about reserving their beds amid coronavirus outbreak. 

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