Postmortem examination SJgH to charge Rs.2,500

Published : 12:01 am  August 15, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (37) reads | 

By Sandun A Jayasekera

The management of the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital (SJGH) has decided to charge Rs.2,500 for a postmortem examination on patients who had passed away while under treatment at the hospital, All Ceylon Medical Officers’ Association (ACMOA) said yesterday.   

 

Not a cent was charged for postmortem examination at government hospitals

 

In a letter sent to SJGH Chairman Athula Kahandaliyanage, the ACMOA General Secretary Jayantha Bandara demanded a clarification on the decision to charge Rs.2,500 for a postmortem examination at the Hospital.   


Dr. Bandara said not a cent was charged for postmortem examination carried out in government hospitals and pointed out that they were carried out at the SJGH by government Judicial Medical Officers (JMOs) assigned by the Colombo South (Kalubowila) Teaching Hospital. Therefore, he said he could not see why such a fee was charged.   


SJGH Acting Director Prabath Wewawatta said the Hospital management decided to charge Rs.2,500 for a postmortem examination because the SJGH did not have JMOs in its cadre of doctors.   


“We have to pay for postmortem examinations when we retain the services of JMOs from the Kalubowila Hospital. The cost is heavy for the SJGH and that is why the hospital management decided to charge Rs.2,500 from the next of kin,” Dr. Wewawatta said. He said all private hospitals charge much more than Rs.2,500 such work.