AGP finds Rs 908.15m irregularities in Punjab patient-charges receipts

Staff Reporter

Lahore—Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) found irregularities of Rs 908.15 million in account of public teaching hospitals working under the Government of Punjab in its audit year 2012-13 and 2014 in respect of user charges from patients.
Teaching hospitals of Punjab has charged user charges and fees for admission, clinical and procedural services and facilities from patients at higher rates prescribed by only their Board of Management (BOM) without getting prior approval of the provincial government.
According to AGP audit report on the accounts of government of the Punjab year 2014-15, available with Pakistan Observer says that according to rule 3(1) (e) of Punjab Medical & Health Institution Rules 2003, Board of Management (BOM) of autonomous hospitals shall determine user charges and fees for admission, clinical and procedural services and facilitates with the prior approval of government.
Audit report reveals that some public teaching hospital has found that user charges were received from patients at the rates prescribed only by the BOM but did not get prior approval from the government.
An official of health department said that there is a formula for distribution of hospital receipt where government earned 45 % while doctors and paramedical receiving 35 % and 20 % share respectively from total hospital earning on monthly basis.

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