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VASHI: Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor Shivram Patil, in­censed at just a Rs5,000 dis­count be­ing given to a poor pa­tient at For­tis Hi­ranan­dani hos­pi­tal af­ter he had ap­pealed for help, threw Rs5,000 at a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial on Tues­day.

Patil has threat­ened to go to court against the al­leged ar­bi­trary con­duct of the hos­pi­tal with which NMMC has a tie-up. He plans to raise the is­sue in the NMMC stand­ing com­mit­tee as well.

The hos­pi­tal has de­nied any wrong-do­ing won­der­ing why the cor­po­ra­tor re­sorted to the ac­tion.

The case per­tained to Priyanka Sawant, who was tem­po­rar­ily work­ing as a teacher in Khopoli.

Ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial Bipin Chevle, “Priyanka Sawant was ad­mit­ted to the ICU at Hi­ranan­dani Hos­pi­tal, Vashi, on Novem­ber 21 with pri­mary pul­monary hy­per­ten­sion and ITP (a se­ri­ous bleed­ing im­muno-dis­or­der in which the platelets self-destruct).”

The pa­tient was suc­cess­fully treated by the hos­pi­tal and was dis­charged on the sev­enth day. Al­though the pa­tient was ad­mit­ted as a reg­u­lar pa­tient, the next of kin, re­gret­ted their in­abil­ity to pay the bal­ance amount at the time of dis­charge.

“Given the cir­cum­stances, this amount was com­pletely waived off by the hos­pi­tal on com­pas­sion­ate grounds,” added Chevle.

Ac­cord­ing to Patil, “The hos­pi­tal pre­sented a bill of Rs4.12 lakh to the pa­tients’ fam­ily. They took loans and grants from the peo­ple in their vil­lage to pay for it. They ap­proached me for help in get­ting some dis­count on the bill.”

He added, “I met a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial and re­quested him to re­duce the bill. Af­ter a wait of one and a half hours, the pa­tient was given a dis­count of Rs5,000.”

Patil said, “At any other hos­pi­tal in the city, if the eco­nomic con­di­tion of the pa­tient is poor, a dis­count of at least 10% to 20% is given. The Rs5,000 dis­count on a bill of over Rs4 lakh is an in­sult to all and hence I threw the money .”

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