Brokers holding patients hostage in Kishoreganj

Published : 13 Nov 2022 08:59 PM

Sufferers have been complaining for a long time that clinics, diagnostic centers, some unscrupulous doctors, polyclinics and brokers are working as complements to each other in Kishoreganj. Health care is held hostage by these brokers.

The cycle cleverly sends patients to various private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers by explaining that 'pathological tests are not done in government hospitals, but the medical services are not good'. Through this mail commission. In the greed of the commission, the gang misleads the ignorant people of the villages and sometimes the educated people and takes the patients to their desired clinics and diagnostic centers. Later, there was a pickpocketing of patients and relatives.

Kishoreganj Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College Hospital Diagnosis Center In Charge Riktunnessa said that ultrasound (whole abdomen) costs Tk 220, ultrasound (pregnant) costs Tk 110, X-ray costs Tk 200, ECG costs Tk 80, blood test (CBC) costs Tk 150, CT scan (brain) costs Tk. 2000, chest 2 thousand 500, CT scan (whole abdomen) costs Tk. 4000.

On the other hand, ultrasound costs 800 to 1,500 taka, CT scan 4,000 to 12,000 taka, X-ray 600 to 2,500 taka, ECG 700 taka, CBC 2,000 taka. In other words, it costs 3000 to 4000 taka more if you go for a health check-up outside the government hospital. 

And part of the profit is divided among the owners, doctors, brokers on the basis of commission.

According to sources related to the health sector of the district, about 90 percent of private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers are owned by government doctors. 

However, the owners of the ledger are their wives, brothers, sisters, children and close relatives. 

Every government hospital has its own brokers. They are assisted by those working in the outsourcing of hospitals.

According to sources, at least 30 people working in outsourcing at Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College Hospital work in different diagnostic centers in the afternoon. Most of them work in X-ray, CT scan and pathology departments. 

They work in different private clinics and diagnostic centers in the afternoon. They take advantage of the anxiety of the patients and send them to various private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers. 

Even the hospital outdoor and indoor doctors refer the patients to various diagnostic centers for examination.

However, doctors say, this would not have happened if the outsourcing workers in government hospitals had taken jobs on bond. If they did not work in private companies, they would work with responsibility.

Several doctors said that when the patient is at risk, their relatives do not have the best interest knowledge. The brokers took that opportunity and sent it to diagnostic centers and clinics.

On the condition of anonymity, a member of the brokrs said, owners of private clinics and diagnostic centers form a brokers with some people working in hospitals and engaged in outsourcing. 

Brokers take patients to clinics and diagnostic centers after doctors prescribe tests. In some cases brokers get 50 percent commission on pathological examination. But on an average, brokers charge 30 per cent commission per patient and 35 per cent commission for various types of major, minor and obstetric surgery patients.

Civil Surgeon Dr. Saiful Islam said, 'Directions have been given to government hospitals to prevent brokers. Written on signboards in every hospital. We are working to prevent it.

Kishoreganj Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College Hospital Director Dr. Habibur Rahman said, 'The brokers no longer come in front of our eyes. 

We take action when we get news. Ansar forces have been instructed to counter the brokers.