Three Surat hospitals were suspended from the empanelled list after vigilance teams of the State Anti-Fraud Unit (SAFU) of PMJAY-MA Yojana Ayushman—the health insurance scheme, and Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL) unearthed alleged irregularities in their functioning.
The teams carried out surprise checking at Nilkanth Orthopaedic Hospital (Utran), Dharmanandan Orthopaedic Hospital (Sarthana) and Param Hospital (Punagam) on January 9 after complaints that patients were denied treatment under the Ayushman scheme.
In Param Hospital, too, the authorities had allegedly denied Ayushman cards and provided treatment only after deposit of cash. The teams found no separate elevator for patients at Dharmanand Orthopaedic Hospital.
Under the PMJAY-MA scheme, a patient can avail free medical treatment up to Rs 5 lakh.
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