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Corporate Hospitals fleece Jammu's ailing; Health Deptt in mysterious slumber
12/10/2017 11:12:22 PM
Abodh Sharma
Early Times Report

Jammu, Dec 10: At a time when Health Department is facing censure for its failure to curb its doctors from running private clinics and indulging in multiple mal practices, many noted hospitals of the country are fleecing the suffering people of Jammu through their glamorous OPDs in Jammu and the Health Department is suffering from complete policy paralysis to curb this menace.
Sources disclose that many famed hospitals of the country are enticing the people of Jammu by holding periodic OPDs the city, wherein they make the patients and their attendants believe that they offered diagnosis, surgical and interventional procedures by world renowned doctors at competitive cost and when these patients fall in their net, they are trapped into despairing situations and fleeced through hidden costs. "My father was asked by a visiting doctor to come to his Delhi based hospital for a day procedure at a package price, but when we got him admitted there as per his instructions, we were told that he suffered from multiple ailments and needed immediate surgery that would cost us several lakhs of rupees" said Vibhor Sharma, a resident of Shastri Nagar. "With great difficulty, we managed to get him discharged from the hospital" he added.
The incident narrated by Vibhor is not an isolated incident as many such people are being trapped though these OPDs by country's noted hospitals, who issue lucrative advertisements naming different doctors of diverse faculties. "These doctors, who are on pay roles of these hospitals are given targets of bringing in a specified number of patients and raise a specified amount in terms of revenue which is then used to pay their fat salaries and incentives" Vibhor added further.
Sources said that owing to poor state of health care services in the state, many government doctors in the state earlier used to refer affluent patients unofficially to hospitals outside the state and receive cuts from them in exchange, but now these hospitals have changed their business model and they are directly holding OPDs in tier-II cities like Jammu and cajoling the patients through package deals to come to their hospitals.
"While these hospitals are running a well organized mafia in Jammu, it is strange that authorities in Health Department have conveniently shut their eyes to this deceit of the corporate hospitals" said Tridev whose mother became victim of this mal practice. "The possibility of these hospitals paying cuts to those at the hem of affairs to feign ignorance cannot be ruled out" he alleged.
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