Regulatory Commission to check private hospitals need of the hour. Director Health and Family Welfare of Punjab, Dr Rajiv Bhalla has advocated the need of regulatory commission to check the high amount of money being charged by private hospitals from dengue patients in the state. While talking to Daily post in Ludhiana on Saturday, Dr Bhalla said that the total number of dengue patients in the state has increased to 6,500 and the treatment is being done in the civil hospitals almost free of cost. “We are providing the treatment free of cost, only the kit is to be purchased by the patient which costs around Rs 7,000 at Jan Aushadhi centres”, said Bhalla. Replying to a question on the high amount of money being charged by the private hospitals from the dengue patients, DrBhalla said that since there is no regulatory commission to check the amount of money charged by the private hospitals , the department stands handicapped. However, he advocated that there should be a commission which can keep a check on the prices charged by private hospitals .It is pertinent to mention that the number of dengue patients in Ludhiana alone have increased rapidly and till October 28, 609 dengue affected patients have been admitted in the civil hospital Ludhiana. The patients are struggling hard to get the platelets as there is a huge shortage of the platelets units in the blood banks.Adding to their woes, the private blood banks are charging as high as Rs 15,000 per unit.
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