Flouting norms, PIMS charging Rs 2000 from dialysis patients
Jalandhar(Kusum Arora)- Already facing protests, the premier Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Jalandhar is once again under scanner for fleecing dialysis patients with double the amount, which was in stark violation of its MoU signed with the Punjab Government. PIMS is run by PIMS Medical & Education Charitable Society under which the hospital was bound to provide medical services on the lines of rates prescribed by PGIMER Chandigarh.The PIMS hospital and medical college was started with the sole objective of providing quality and affordable medical services to patients in the region. However, giving two hoots to the norms, PIMS staff has been found charging Rs 2000 each from the dialysis patients against the prescribed rate of Rs 1000 for the treatment at the hospital. PIMS outsourced the Super Specialty Dialysis Unit to a leading company Nephroplus two years ago, under which it was supposed to provide dialysis at Rs 1000 per patient. Nephroplus has a tie-up with Fortis group all over the country.Daily Post is in possession of the copies of the bills, where the patients paid Rs 2000 for dialysis at the Nephrology Department of PIMS. “While PGI Chandigarh charges Rs 800 for dialysis and Rs 1200 after changing filter for dialysis, PIMS was fleecing the poor man”, sources said. Notably, even the government has made dialysis treatment free at PGI and the patients were supposed to pay medicine bills only. Contrary to this, as per the bills, the patients were paying Rs 2000 at PIMS against the prescribed rate of Rs 1000. “As if this was not enough, the filter meant for dialysis was supposed to be changed after four to five months in the treatment. However, the PIMS staff was changing the filter during every session of dialysis, so as to charge more from the patients”, the patients maintained. As per information, a normal dialysis takes around four hours but PIMS staff winds up the treatment within two to three hours. “In most of the cases, the staff leaves the hospital before their duty ends”, sources added. Apart from this, the patients also maintained that they were bound to purchase medicines from Best Pharmacy which was run by Fortis Hospital Mohali. “A normal blood injection meant for dialysis cost Rs 600 whereas Best Healthcare Pharmacy run by Fortis Group was providing the same at around Rs 1500”, the patients said.It is pertinent to mention here that the world class PIMS hospital was started in the year 2011 while the medical college started later on. Ever since PIMS was set up, the hospital and the medical college have remained in the news for one reason or the other. Meanwhile, PIMS Resident Director Dr Kanwaljit Singh, Principal Dr Kulbir Kaur and Finance Controller Dinesh Mishra were not available for comments.
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