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Hospitals looting people: CJP

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LAHORE: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that hospitals are looting the people under the guise of treatment. The chief executives of 12 private hospitals – Surgimed Hospital, Doctors’ Hospital, Hameed Latif Hospital, National Hospital, Farooq Hospital, and Umar Hospital among others – appeared before the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry yesterday.

“The rich are not the only ones with the right to seek treatment,” said the top judge.

The court was hearing a suo motu case against the high cost of medical treatment at private hospitals.

Justice Nisar said that the court had fixed the price of stents and angiographies at Rs0.1 million. “Why is a higher amount being charged?”

A doctor told the court that hospitals charge more money because they fail to meet their costs. “If you don’t lower the cost, the court will order an audit,” the chief justice warned. One hospital has been constructed above a storm water drain and the environment department should take notice of this, he added.

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