A medical doctor, Urchilla Dean, has narrated his ordeal in the hands of the family of a patient at his hospital’s emergency unit.
He explained that the patient, a 34-year-old woman, who appeared to have suffered a stroke, had been rushed in by her family on Saturday night while he was on duty.
Her family had said they had no money after he ordered a cranial CT scan be carried out on the patient. They however assured the doctor that they would pay by morning if the scan could be conducted.
The doctor said he had pleaded with a private vendor to assist them get the scan with the assurance that they would pay the next morning. Things took a different turn when he discovered the patient and her family had signed a discharge against medical advise form in the morning and left. Calls placed to the patient’s husband were rejected and subsequently the phone switched off, leaving the doctor with the bill for the scan.
However, after discussions with the CT scan vendor, the bill was overturned.