Gurugram, Dec 24: The family of an eight-year-old boy suffering from dengue, who later died, was charged Rs 15.88 lakh for 21 days by Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital. The case is similar to that of Fortis Hospital which charged the family of a seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue in September, almost Rs 16 lakh for 15-day treatment.

Notably, the child was referred to a different hospital after Medanta made the family shell out huge amount. “We received a complaint at Police Station Sadar yesterday. The complainant has levelled the allegation on Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital,” Gurugram Police PRO was quoted as saying. He added that their child was suffering from dengue and was admitted to the hospital, but was imposed with a huge bill penalty. (ALSO READ – Fortis Dengue Death: Haryana Government Finds Hospital Guilty of Criminal Negligence)

Speaking to ANI, the grieving father of the deceased child said, “My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money; the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment.” He added that when the doctors at Medanta Hospital felt that the child’s condition is such that he can no longer be kept there, “they pushed us to shift him to a government hospital, so we shifted him there.”

Meanwhile, an investigation in underway in the matter.

Earlier in the month, a man registered a police complaint against Fortis Hospital, Noida, alleging that he was charged over Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of his daughter who died four hours after being admitted there. He alleged that he was given a bill of Rs 1.03 lakh for the treatment lasting four hours and was allowed to take the body only after the amount was paid.