Is it ethical for hospitals to hawk surgeries and medical investigations at slashed rates?
The Times of India of 15 March carried an advertisement on Page 9 with an inaugural offer by Jaypee Hospital in Noida, on the outskirts of Delhi. Besides advertising “world-class services at affordable prices", it beamed a chart of prices listed against surgeries with the actual price and the offered price. Almost like a Pizza Hut menu. So a heart bypass surgery that would otherwise cost a patient ₹ 2.58 lakh was offered at ₹ 1.5 lakh; total knee replacement priced at ₹ 2.4 lakh was going for ₹ 1.5 lakh; a ₹ 53,000 gall bladder surgery had been slashed to ₹ 20,000 and a cataract operation that would normally set you behind by ₹ 24,000 was priced at ₹ 12,500 only.