DAK expresses concern over exorbitant charges in govt hospitals

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Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday expressed concern over the exorbitant rates being changed to patients in hospitals run by Directorate of Health Services Kashmir.
The spokesperson of association in a statement said that “it is surprising that different rates are being charged in different hospitals run by the same government thus giving free license to administrators of these hospitals to charge people at their will and wish”.
Giving details, the spokesman further said that “giving an example of a simple x-ray which costs just Rs 70 at SKIMS is charged around Rs 150 to 200 in District hospitals of the valley. “Similarly huge discrepancy has been found in other laboratory investigation also. Liver Function Tests(LFT)done in district hospital costs 200 while as same is being charged at 40 rupees only at SKIMS or SMHS. People are being looted and free drug and free investigation slogan of the government is being thrown to the wind.”
The Government in the year 2017, he added, had issued a circular where it was clearly mentioned that 17 investigations had to be done free of cost at Government hospitals. “However this order was being violated till recently by hospital administrators and people where being illegally charged for the same,” he said.
“Governments tall claims of delivering free health care services at the doorstep falls flat when such issues remain unresolved and remain in standby mode for the reasons better known to authorities,” he stated.
DAK stresses upon the government for uniform and affordable rates in all hospitals across the state.