With a Gugugram hospital making news for charging `18 lakh from the family of seven-year-old girl who died of dengue, Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Wednesday said he would seek legislation from the Centre to keep a check on cases similar to the case of overbilling.

Speaking to reporters, Vij said that he would speak to the Union health minister JP Nadda for bringing a proposal under which no private hospital could overbill the patients.

The minister said that he had constituted a three-member committee under the chairmanship of additional director general (health) to investigate the alleged overcharging by Fortis Hospital, Gurugram and submit its report at the earliest.

This team would visit the hospital and seek detailed information about medicines, treatment given to the girl by doctors, reasons for her death, bill details, and also find out whether the girl had dengue or not, Vij said.

He said that strict action would be taken if the hospital was found guilty in the report.

The minister said that the treatment of dengue was free of cost in all the government hospitals of the state, but, its treatment even in private hospitals could not cost up to `18 lakh.

He said that he will not allow the private hospitals to loot patients like this and necessary action would be taken in this direction.

The father of the girl had demanded a probe into the treatment and billing done by the hospital which, besides prescribing expensive medicines, billed them for 660 syringes and 2,700 gloves during her 15-day hospital stay.
The 20-page itemised bill from the hospital added up to `18 lakh.