COVID-19: Private Hospitals in Islamabad directed to reveal service charges details online

All private hospitals in Islamabad, on Saturday, have been instructed to reveal their service charges details online amid coronavirus crisis.

Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat has already issued a notification directing private hospitals in the federal capital to make their service charges public on their respective websites.

According to Hamza Shafqaat the decision to enforce such transparency has been made to deter private hospitals from overbilling the patients.

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Moreover, the revealing of treatment and service charges will ensure that the ‘complaints of varying prices from patient to patient are resolved’ he added.

 The development comes after it was revealed that private hospitals in the federal capital were charging Rs100,000 – Rs150,000 to patients for one single night.

It is to be noted that federal government, on Friday, announced its federal budget which essentially revoked all import and custom duties on coronavirus and cancer testing kits to reduce diagnosis and treatment costs.

Islamabad has reported 7,163 coronavirus cases, with 1,671 recoveries and 71 deaths so far.