Govt cracks whip, asks hospitals to stock stents at capped prices

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"If we come across any such incident, we will first send a notice to the hospital and then follow it up with criminal prosecution. We won't hesitate to shut down the hospital if there is evidence of profiteering," he said.
Union minister for chemical and fertilizers Ananth Kumar, who was in Mumbai on Friday, said any hospital or clinic found overcharging patients could even face criminal prosecution. The crackdown on hospitals for overpricing stents has broadened into a multi-agency exercise with state-level drug controllers being roped in to check inventories. There are also plans to send in decoy patients and keep an eye on hospital billing data+ through insurers to ensure compliance. A day after TOI reported that high-end stents have been withdrawn from city hospitals in a bid to avoid price control, the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stepped in on Friday to carry out an informal survey on compliance of price capping at hospitals and availability of implants. Full Story