Cashless patients groan in pain at private hospitals in city

Cashless patients groan in pain at private hospitals in city

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-11-16 11:01 Bengaluru: Patients in private hospitals have been among the hardest hit by the Centre’s demonetisation of Rs500 and Rs1000. None of the private hospitals in the city are accepting the banned notes, leaving many patients in the lurch.Almost all private hospitals and clinics in the city have put up posters that read: “As per the Government order from November 8, we will not accept 500 and 1000 rupee notes. Please co-operate.”An official at the Lakshmi Nursing Home in RT Nagar said the move to not accept Rs500 and Rs1000 was a “management's decision”. “Patients have to either bring the new Rs2000 note or Rs100 notes,” he said. Sharief M, administrator at the nursing home, also said the banned currency was being accepted only at government hospitals. "We are going by the government circular which says notes shall be accepted at government hospitals. There is no mention about private hospitals. If we take such notes and if the banks throw up their hands later, we will be in trouble. Because of this decision everyone is suffering,” he said.The situation was the same at Fortis, Vikram hospitals on Cunningham Road and Mahaveer Jain Hospital on Millers Road.Residents who needed to buy medicines had a tough time as pharmacy owners asked them to deposit Rs 500 notes with them. Patients in miseryChaos prevailed at private clinics and hospitals in the city. Aarti, a resident of Vijaynagar, said her son had been suffering from fever but she had no cash in hand. “I visited more than 20 ATMs. The clinic which I visited said that they will not accept Rs1000 and Rs500 notes and they did not even have a machine to swipe cards. I noticed that many patients who came to the clinic were going back,” she said.Venkatesh, whose father was being treated at Santhosh Hospital, was clueless on arranging cash tp pay the bill. “My father is being treated here for some neurology problem. The total bill has come up to Rs1,20,000 rupees. We were able to pay them Rs80000. We have been given two days to settle the complete bill. But I am blank now,” he said. At Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Satish had a similar complaint. “My mother's right leg has been fractured. I am supposed to pay Rs40,000 but I don’t know how. From whom can I borrow so much money,” he asked.Chief Minister Siddaramiah has written to the prime minister to release the new Rs500 notes soon and also raise the withdrawal limit to provide relief to patients.