Money over lives: Exorbitant prices of Covid- 19 treatment in Delhi’s Max Hospital goes viral

In the wake of the increasing cases of coronavirus government hospitals have been struggling to provide the required amount of beds for all patients hence, the Supreme Court a few days back had declared for opening the doors of private hospitals for aid.

Amidst this an outrage was seen on twitter over exorbitant prices for COVID-19 management at Max Super Speciality Hospital.

It came to notice when one of the many twitter users posted a picture of the chart containing the hospital charges.

Upon this Max Super Speciality Hospital in Patparganj, Delhi has clarified saying that the cost includes “routine tests, routine medicines, nurse and doctor charges”.

The hospital’s clarification came after a Twitter user shared an image of a ‘standee’ that stated the ‘schedule of charges for treatment of COVID-19 patients’.

Max Healthcare tweeted: “We would like to clarify that this picture related to the pricing of COVID treatment at Max Patparganj (incorrectly as Max Gurgaon in some tweets) does not carry all facts. The stated cost includes routine tests, routine medicines, nurse and doctor charges etc.”

Many have taken to their twitter handles regarding the high surge of prices and expressed this as a matter of shame.

With the rapid increase in the number of cases in India, people are panic stricken and the pressure and strain still remains on the frontline workers. 

India has now become the fourth worst nation hit by Covid-19. It first found a place in the top 10 worst hit nations on May 24 and within 18 days India surpassed Spain, Italy and UK to be at the 4th position.

In such a situation the competition is not to rank higher but lower. It is every Indians dreaded fear that India might soon find itself in the first position.

On March 25, when the first phase of the lockdown began, only ten people had died, with positive cases just over 500.

But as the country started to unlock itself with the hope of reviving the lost economy massive surge in cases were witnessed. 

On Thursday, 9,996 cases was the nation’s highest increase ever.

But on a positive side the death rate has been low compared to other countries. The death toll stands at 8,498 so far.

Out of the total deaths Maharashtra alone accounts for 3,717.

Maharashtra on Friday hit a disturbing milestone and became the only state in the country to record over 1 lakh cases.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi in the number of positive cases with the latter having a total tally of 34,687.

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