Who will settle Jayalalithaa's Apollo medical bills?
She was hospitalised to an Apollo hospital in Chennai on September 22 and stayed there for 75 days till she breathed her last
Days after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's demise, a serious question has arisen on who would pay her medical bills. She was hospitalised to an Apollo hospital in Chennai on September 22 and stayed there for 75 days till she breathed her last.
It was said the entire second floor of the hospital, consisting of 30 rooms, was vacated to maintain secrecy regarding her health status. As per the tariff rates of the hospital, the rent per day for 30 rooms sums around Rs. 1 crore. As she was in the hospital for 75 days, just the rent tariff would come up to Rs. 75 crore.
Moreover, specialist treatment by doctors from London, Singapore and AIIMS hospital, Delhi, was availed of for her by the hospital.
Meanwhile, news is circulating in social media that the total medical expense for Jayalalithaa was around Rs. 90 crore.
In another rumour, it was said Rs. 6 crore was spent for treatment and the money was arranged from a fund kept for a project under the Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare department.
However, doctors in Apollo Hospital denied the news and said the news of Rs. 90 crore was bogus.
There is no chance for such a huge expense for the treatment and it is intentionally speculated by someone, they opined.
The doctors agreed that total expenses could reach a few crore of rupees, but there is no information on who was going to settle it.
Top officials in the Tamil Nadu government said: “Medical expenses for the CM and ministers will be borne by the government. But, the Apollo Hospital authorities have not yet informed us about the expenses and no bill was issued. The government also has not set apart any money for Jayalalithaa’s medical expenses.”