The cost of patient care at this hospital in Karachi has significantly increased.

The Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD) management has significantly raised treatment costs, making it challenging for patients who are already struggling due to extreme inflation. As per reports, patients who visit or are admitted to KIHD are now bound to look for care at other facilities.

The institute has added new service charges for various treatments, such as angioplasty, which has now been fixed at Rs. 160,000, whereas the coronary care unit (CCU) admittance charges have been set at Rs. 2,000 per day. Similarly, the cost of bypass surgery has been hiked to Rs. 110,000, and the ventilator cost has been increased to Rs. 3,000 per day. In addition, the emergency token charge has been raised to Rs. 300.

To complicate problems, patients have been referred to private labs for tests, where they are charged excessive prices. As a result of disparate prices for similar operations and testing in the private sector, patients have incurred significant financial losses.

The KIHD management defended the price hikes by attributing them to a lack of funding in prior years that made it necessary to raise consumer prices in order to keep providing healthcare to the general people.

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