Hospital apathy: Parents cry foul over Rs 18 lakh bill, child dies

The Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram

The hospital authorities said that there is nothing wrong from their side and that all standard medical protocols were followed in the treatment and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.

Meanwhile, the health ministry has taken note of the incident.

Interestingly, despite the doctors suspecting that the child had suffered brain damage, they did not conduct an MRI.

On August 31, Adya Singh was admitted to Fortis Memorial with dengue, and it soon progressed to "dengue shock syndrome".

"One of my batchmate's seven-year old was in @fortis_hospital for ~15 days for Dengue". The Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda called for details of the case and assured that he will look into this matter. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family made a decision to take their daughter from the hospital against medical advice on September 14 and she succumbed the same day. The family said that when the family disagreed with the high cost of treatment, the hospital allegedly refused to release Adya's body. Billed 18 lakhs including for 2700 gloves. "We were not able to understand the conspiracy behind such an advise then, but now when this amount of time has passed thinking about the loss of our daughter, we have understood that if they would have removed her from ventilator it would then have been compulsory for them to report the death due to dengue in their hospital premises", said the post.

The man had also written that the doctors charged the parents for 660 syringes, which adds up to nearly 40 syringes a day.

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Adya's family also did not question the treatment being given to their daughter.

A Twitter user @DopeFloat in a post on a microblogging site alleged that the hospital "charged Rs 16 lakh" for 15 days of treatment of dengue for a young daughter of his friend. "As a closing stroke, after the family cleared the massive bills, Fortis asked the family to go back and pay for the gown the kid was wearing since her clothes wont fit", he added.

Fortis denied any wrongdoing and said that the family was informed of Adya's critical condition and was counselled every day. Singh suspects that the hospital already knew that Adya had succumbed and were just trying to make money out of her case. The minor's family claimed that similar strips were available Rs 13 per piece on the Fortis website.

The private hospital in Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb, has defended the bill. "Patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission, requiring intensive monitoring", he said. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables...

So, the cost of all the treatment facilities van be completely seen in records and charged as per actuals.


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