Family protests costly Covid-19 treatment

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2020


A RECOVERED Covid-19 patient and his family in Tamil Nadu, India, staged a sit-in at a hospital after being charged 1.6 million rupees (RM91,000) for his treatment, Makkal Osai reported.

Identified only as Manogaran, the man from Chennai was admitted to a private hospital in the city.

The family was told that treatment would cost about 500,000 rupees (RM29,000), which they paid upfront as requested.

Manogaran was discharged about two weeks later. The hospital advised him to seek treatment elsewhere as he had heart problems as well.

His family claimed that the hospital demanded a further 1.1 million rupees (RM62,000).

About 50 members of the family staged a protest in front of the hospital, seeking an explanation for the exorbitant fee and poor handling of the patient’s treatment.

The hospital management reportedly agreed to negotiate the matter with the family.

Many private healthcare facilities in the city have faced accusations of profiteering during the pandemic.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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