Prosecutor General's Office nailed Blokhin Oncology Center in cash grab

Prosecutor General's Office nailed Blokhin Oncology Center in cash grab
National Medical Research Center of Oncology named after N. Blokhin

The management of the medical institution collected money from patients for free services.⁠

The Prosecutor General's Office conducted a check-up at the National Medical Research Center of Oncology named after N. N. Blokhin, during which it was found that the institution collected fee from the patients for services that should be provided free of charge.

As a result, the supervisory authority has submitted an injunction to the Ministry of Health, RBC reports.

The publication notes that the document is dated April 2017. According to it, the audit was carried out on the application of chairman of the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (FOMS) Natalia Stadchenko.

The Prosecutor's Office found that during the period 2015-2017, 2171 patients undergoing treatment at the oncological center had to pay for providing high-tech medical care, despite the fact that it is financed from the budget of the Russian Federation and by law should be provided free of charge. According to the estimates of the agency, the total amount of illegal payments amounted to 35 million rubles ($598.700). Another 108 patients gave money for services that are paid for by medical insurance. According to the FOMS, the entire medical facility received 5.38 million rubles for insurance cases.

The oncological center, commenting on the situation, said that patients paid for the services voluntarily, within the framework of the contract concluded with the medical institution. In particular, the director of the NMI, Mikhail Davydov, said that it was a question of payment for analyzes.

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