Maharashtra government will take strict action if private hospitals will overcharge on medicines and medical equipment and if needed it can register a non – bailable offense against such hospitals.
On Thursday, FDA Minister Girish Bapat informed the state legislative council about how the government has taken action against such hospitals, who charged more than MRP on medical equipment and medicines.Some hospitals are being fined of violating the norms.
Last warning has been given but if they do not adhere to it and repeat the offence , then government will take strict action and file anon-bailable offense against such hospitals.
There are eighteen such devices which are included in the list and have to be sold at the MRP only.
Action was taken against the 8 hospitals named Fortis,Lilavati,Asian Heart Institute,Breach Candy,Global,Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani, L H Hiranandani and Sir H N Hospital.
These hospitals were found to have been charging stents in the range of Rs.1.05 lakh to Rs.1.90 lakh, although they have procurred from the importers at Rs.50,000 to Rs.90,000.
Government is also checking the bills of the patients who had taken medical treatment 6 months ago.
NPPA India is active on the issue and had a meeting with importers on Thursday where they discussed and finalized reporting formats for monitoring prices.