The Consumer Affairs Authority has directed that all private hospitals should issue a comprehensive bill mentioning the price, details of medicinal drugs and equipment used for patients, a CAA official said today.
The move has been taken following a string of complaints received by the CAA from Doctors and as well as patients, CAA Chairman Rumi Marzook said.
“Some private hospitals, doctors, channeling centres and outpatient departments (OPDs) are issuing bills in which they have included very expensive price details of medicinal drugs. They are the same medicinal drugs given at various prices in the market. It is a burden on the patients,” Marzook said.
Meanwhile, the CAA Chairman requested the hospital authorities to take action to ensure the safety, efficiency and good quality medicinal drugs given to patients according to the National Medicine Regulatory Authority Bill which was passed in parliament recently. (Piyumi Fonseka and Darshana Sanjeewa)
Comments - 20
Piumi Monday, 04 May 2015 03:26 PM
For a patient the first medicine is kindness. Pls. promote this within all.
Anil Sunday, 03 May 2015 07:29 PM
This is a very good move by the authorities. Hope the government will make this a law
Bala Sunday, 03 May 2015 07:33 PM
Excellent move by new govt. after passing the Medicinal Drugs Bill. Hospitals fleece the patients by charging for even a little cotton wool though at times the service falls far short of expected in the nursing area.
Sunil Perera Monday, 04 May 2015 04:44 PM
A.Fernando Monday, 04 May 2015 10:26 AM
Durdans hospital charges an extra Rs.25 per debit/credit card transactions.When pointed out that it is not lagal, the answer was that they can do whatever they want.So, This has got to be stopped and all monies that have been collected like this must be made to be returned.
suresh Monday, 04 May 2015 10:43 AM
Also, they should check why when a customer pays by insurance the amount is more. This is unfair and is no different from stealing
kan Monday, 04 May 2015 10:47 AM
Good. Also check the room rates charged which is unreasonably very high. They might increase room rates after this detailed bill law to fleece patients in another way.
Cyril n Sunday, 03 May 2015 10:43 PM
Very grateful to CAA for this move. The private hospitals are a rip off where the patient/customer is really harassed with excessive charges with no guarantee of recovery from illness.
Coconut Republic Monday, 04 May 2015 11:01 AM
The best way to give a run to a pvt hospital is to modernization and well equip the government hospitals. And train the staff.
abeyro Monday, 04 May 2015 11:14 AM
Good move by CAA. Suggest similar bill issued at Government Hospitals too for free treatment, so that patient will get an idea of the cost of treatment incurred by taxpayers on his/her behalf.
Cecil Sunday, 03 May 2015 11:31 PM
Also should develop a system to monitor the service levels. It is unfortunate that people demand for service from even a road side vendor but not from a hospital/Dr. My recent expieriane proved that govt hspital staff are getting smater than the pvt.
Firoze Sameer Monday, 04 May 2015 07:24 PM
Better still if a daily statement is issued, clearly stating details of every drug administered its price, every service provided and charge, fee and name of every doctor attending to the parient, and any and every other daily charge, for perusal and check by the patient or by his or her representative.
Lawry Tuesday, 05 May 2015 02:42 PM
Only the tip of the iceburge is touched. But a very good move. Trap the doctors who earn by creating fear psychosis in patients also.
ANTON Monday, 04 May 2015 07:17 AM
I WENT TO A PRIVATE HOSPITAL IN WATTALA AREA TO GET A TREATMENT TO A LITTLE HEAD PAIN, FIRST THEY GAVE ME A BOTTLE OF SALINE, THAT TOOK NEARLY ONE HOUR IN AN AC HALL, THEN THEY TOOK AN ECG CHART, BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL AND BLOOD PRESSURE WAS TESTED AND THEY GAVE SOME PILLS, MY BILL WAS AROUND 3000/=. ....... MY QUESTION IS THAT ARE ALL THESE TESTS NECESSARY ???
sacre blieu Monday, 04 May 2015 07:45 AM
So what happened to the Hippocrates oath, or has it become the hippocratic oath.
SL in KSA Monday, 04 May 2015 02:42 PM
Hooray!! Finally there should be some kind of transparency to what we get from the hospitals.
Sam Monday, 04 May 2015 07:58 AM
Private hospitals should also NOT be allowed to charge such exorbitant rates and mark up medicines and medical supplies by 200%. Especially the Asiri Group where people are sometimes compelled to go because Doctors practice there.
Citizen Monday, 04 May 2015 02:52 PM
CAA, please make compulsory for doctors to issue receipts
P Dias Monday, 04 May 2015 08:08 AM
What about the doctors demand their fees paid in cash without issuing a reccept by defrauding the tax payement.
tyrrel Monday, 04 May 2015 08:16 AM
good move .Also make it more real by ordering G P (general practioners) to issue.bills for their chargers
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