Egypt's health ministry temporarily closes private Cairo hospital for forcing patient to sign IOU

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Jan 2018

Egypt's health ministry ordered a one-month "disciplinary" closure of a prominent privately-owned hospital in the Cairo suburb of Maadi for requiring an emergency patient to sign an IOU in exchange for treatment.

The As-Salam International Hospital required the man, who was severely injured in a car accident, to sign an EGP 500,000 IOU note in violation of an Egyptian cabinet decision that requires admitting and treating emergency patients free of charge for the first two days.

The patient, who had suffered multiple pelvic and forearm fractures, filed a complaint to the ministry saying he was forced to sign the paper after receiving treatment, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry's decision will temporarily close five operating theatres and the hospital's entire outpatient building, with the exception of the neurological physiology clinic.

The emergency department will also be shuttered except for patients in critical condition,

The hospital's clinics, except for ultrasound and chemotherapy services, have also been ordered temporarily closed.

Egypt's privately owned hospitals are a top choice for those who can afford it, as the country's state-run hospitals are known for poor conditions and negligence.

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