Cracking down on private hospitals for overcharging patients, the Tamil Nadu Health Department has temporarily cancelled the Covid-19 treatment licence of nine hospitals while 18 others have been directed to repay excess money collected from patients for treatment.
The nine hospitals whose licences were temporarily cancelled including Bewell Hospital (Kilpauk), Appasamy Hospitals (Arumbakkam), Hindu Mission Hospital (Tambaram), SRM Medical Hospital (Trichy), City Hospital (Virudhunagar), Priyam Hospital (Salem), Sri Lakshmi Medical Centre (Coimbatore), City Hospital (Thoothukudi) and Scudder Memorial Hospital (Ranipet).
The 18 hospitals that repaid patients' excess amount include SRM Medical College Hospital, Chettinad Hospital, Dr Kamatchi Memorial Hospital, Dr Mehta’s Hospital, Hycare Hospital, SIMS Hospital, MMRV Hospital, Prashanth Hospitals, Venkateswara Hospital, Apollo Hospitals and Vanagaram, Appasamy Hospital, Chennai National Hospital, MGM Hospital, Vijaya Hospital and Srinivas Priya Hospital in Chennai, KCMCH and GKNM Hospital in Coimbatore.
These hospitals were given the option to refund the excess fee collected from patients. Eighteen hospitals, 16 in Chennai and two in Coimbatore have returned the money.
In June, the state health department issued orders capping the price for tests and treatment of Covid-19.