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Heart patient admitted to ICU; hospital declines e-payment, seeks cash for treatment

It was early in the morning when Munna (name changed) was rushed to a local heart hospital in Patna for check-up a doctor told him that he suffered minor heart attack and should be admitted in the ICU so that his conditions could be monitored.

Worried, the family with little option left admitted Munna to Patna’s well-known heart hospital for treatment. After that they were in for shock when they moved to the cash counter to pay money. It was there that they were asked for cash. The hospital declined to take payment by card, forcing Munna’s family members to pay by cash.

“Surprising this happened despite the Central Government’s strict order asking people to go cashless post demonetisation,” said a family member, who requested anonymity as his patient is hospitalised.

Residents lamented that this is not the only case in Bihar’s capital Patna as in several places there is demand for cash. “In such a situation things get extremely difficult. Just see on one hand people are being allowed to take out a small amount from bank and here this hospital is not taking payment by card. People in this particular are worried as payment by card is a no. Even for medicines, patients are being forced to pay by cash,” said another resident on the condition of anonymity.

A journalist told OKHLATIMES.COM that he has done a few reports on the issue. Not only hospitals, by there are many places where things are not moving without paying in cash, he said.

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