Mumbai: 17 private hospitals in Thane city of Maharashtra hit COVID-19 patients worth Rs 1.82 crore and have not yet returned Rs 1.40 crore from it, officials said on Monday.
After several complaints from patients, Thane Municipal Commissioner Drs. Vipin Sharma formed audit teams to check the bills of 17 hospitals in the city.
The audit teams examined 4,106 bills from 10 July to 21 August and found an additional amount of Rs 1.82 crore in 1,362 bills.
Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) issued show-cause notices to these hospitals after which they returned Rs 26.68 lakh to the patients.
TMC said that the corporation has accepted submissions by hospitals for an additional amount of Rs 15.27 lakh, but to refund Rs 1.40 crore for these medical facilities.
The civic body suspended the license of a private hospital on Ghodbunder Road here last month and revoked its classification as a COVID-19 facility after allegedly overcharging patients.