Chandigarh, May 29 -- Treatment just got more expensive in the tricity's private hospitals with patients being asked to cough up anything between Rs 1,800 to Rs 5,000 for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE kits) and Rs 50 for sanitisers used - not by them - but by health workers as protection against Covid-19, it has been learnt.

Hospitals say they are passing off costs of protection kits to patients to balance increasing expenses due to Covid-19 safety protocols put in place by health authorities.

A woman treated at Alchemist hospital in Panchkula who did not want her name revealed said she was shocked to find she had been billed Rs 18,000 for nine PPE kits. "I delivered a baby at the hospital and was shocked to find Rs 18,000 added to...