Availing medical benefits is one of the many perks of being an employee of the Indian Railways (IR). In absence of suitable facilities at the IR hospital, patients are referred to private hospitals, with the bills paid entirely by the IR. However, no pockets are deep enough for private healthcare in India, especially not those of the South Central Railway.
Part of the largest public sector unit, SCR has incurred expenses worth a whopping Rs 234 crore by referring beneficiaries of its medical hospital to other private hospitals in city. As per an RTI query by citizen activist Robin Zaccheus, the SCR hospital in Lallaguda referred close to 80,000 of its beneficiaries between 2014 and 2018 to various private hospitals.
The RTI query highlights that the hospital was asked to pay bills amounting to an average of Rs 59.58 crore, annually, with the highest being in 2017-18 when it had to shell out Rs 62.26 crore to pay the bills of 21,830 persons. Read more
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