After a huge outcry, the Ayushman Bharat Madhya Pradesh office served a show-cause notice to Chirayu Hospital in Bhopal on Monday in connection with a denial of Ayushman card benefits to a Covid-19 patient who later died during the treatment.
The incident had hogged the limelight in the city on Sunday slot wallet when a resident had released two videos on social media.
In one of the videos, DIG bungalow resident Yogesh Balwani claimed that his mother Rukmani Balwani, 63, was admitted to the Chirayu Hospital on April 19 for the Covid-19 treatment and he deposited Rs 2.5 lakh subsequently with the hospital.
After the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government announced the treatment of Covid-19 patient under the Ayushman scheme and listed the Chirayu Hospital in the same on May 7, Balwani was making rounds at the hospital billing counter and other departments to ensure treatment benefits to mother under the scheme.
His mother despite having an Ayushman scheme beneficiary card wasn't extended scheme benefits and none in the hospital offered a convincing reply.
Claiming that he on Friday night met hospital manager Gaurav Bajaj, Balwani issued another video in which he is enquiring about the Ayushman scheme benefit for his mother but Bajaj rudely replies that they are not offering any benefits and the hospital was answerable to the government and not him. After Balwani insisted on a logical reply, Bajaj asked his men to throw him out.
Later he also spoke to the Chirayu Hospital MD Dr Ajay Goenka. "The man also rudely said that he won't extend Ayushman benefits and I can complain to anyone in MP or New Delhi," claimed Balwani.