Vijayapura: Relatives protest after hospital refuses to hand over body over pending bill

Daijiworld Media Network - Vijayapura (SP)

Vijayapura, Sep 24: After a private hospital here demanded clearance of the balance Rs three lac before the body of the deceased could be released, the relatives of the deceased protested by way of begging.

A person identified as Raju Bhovi was being treated for coronavirus infection at the hospital since the last ten days. The hospital had already collected Rs four lac from the relatives of the patient towards treatment cost. The treatment failed to heal Bhovi, and he breathed his last on Tuesday evening. The hospital authorities demanded payment of Rs three lac more before the body could be released. The members of Bhovi family, who were directionless, held protest in front of the hospital with the support of former municipal councillors. Many members of the general public came in support of the protesters. Addressing the protesters, former councillor Umesh Vandala, accused the private hospital of indulging in such unjustified means with an eye on amassing wealth. He demanded for the cancellation of the licence given to the hospital and action against the doctors.

Deceased's relatives protesting

The protesters, who squatted in front of the hospital on the road, began to seek alms after sometime. When the situation appeared to be turning grim, the police requested the protesters to withdraw. The protesters demanded the presence of the district health and family welfare officer to listen to their grievances. The district health officer, Dr Mahendra Kapase, came there and assured to take action against such hospitals. He also ordered the hospital to release the body forthwith and reminded them that they have to abide by rates fixed by the government for COVID treatment.





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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Sep 25 2020

    Absolutely no humanity from hospital side.For seven days such a amount?Can they give account for it?

    Making or minting money in name of disease and patient..why should the body keep inside?again to give a higher bill?As the minister had threatend to cancel licence,wish he does it fast and ask hospital for the reason of the bill.He was not operated I am sure.For us here hospital will send the bill home .have to pay within 14days .if have to pay.Family did the right thing by protesting and drew the attention of public and minister.may his soul rest in peace.

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    No value for life. But hospitals generate long bills.They don't care about people's financial or economic status. Sad. Hospitals today speak volumes of business but the person is no more. Either Lord Kubera shower money on these poor sick people or Lord Dhanvanthri bestow health on these people. It is hard to live with these types of hospitals and doctors. Once a noble profession and service minded, now has turned to be money suckers. God Himself should come down to earth to heal these patients.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    A very sad state of affair. I feel sorry for the family who lost their loved one due to this deadly Covid-19. It is a shame and they have no respect for the dead ones.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    What happens to AYUSMAN BAHART ! and the local representative or grass route worker of any party to help those people who are almost on the road !!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    I wish our Politicians take up this matter ...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    what happened to "Care(les)s fund", Ayushman/dushman , 20 lakh karod relief package etc. etc.

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  • JNB, Bejai

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    When Prime minsters COVID relief fund will reach to common man.
    Celebrities , Business men, ordinary men even small students contributed to PM care totaling in crores to PM relief fund

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Body is mortal
    Soul is immortal
    Departed Soul rest in peace.
    Let them keep or cremate the mortal remamins.
    Never pay pending bill too much for a poor family.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    What happened to the "Cares" fund? It seems today nobody cares!! In many states Civil hospitals run by govt. and also many municipal run hospitals do not charge poor patients, the same concept should be introduced in Karnataka. Healthcare is a govt. responsibility and money from the tax paid by citizens has to be utilized. The condition today is that middle class also cannot afford hospitalization.

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  • J. F. D SOUZA, 'Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    If the Family cnt afford to pay the bill amount then better to take one undertaking and hand over the dead body. Its really a inhuman act on the part of the Hospital authorities. How to pay such a a amount at STRETCH BY THE POOR FAMILY.

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  • Sam, Bangalore, Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Respected honorable Health Minister of our state please look into this & request you to take appropriate action, so that other hospitals also learn some lesson how to treat fellow human being / citizen of our nation.

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  • Shamsuddin, Dubai

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Those who take maximum advantage from a person's bad luck or death are the biggest anti nationals.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Oh my goodness... 7 lacs for ten days???? And patient also no more... Oops. Very sad... May the soul of deceased person rest in peace... 🙏🙏

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Cynthia, Kirem, I fully agree with your comments. It makes sense and there is no doubt about it.

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