Sumary of Peru police break up alleged scam charging huge sums for Covid ICU beds:
- Peruvian police have dismantled an alleged criminal ring that had charged as much $21,000 per bed for seriously ill Covid-19 patients in a state-run hospital, aggravating care in a country hit by one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks of the virus.
- Authorities arrested nine people in an early morning raid on Wednesday, including the administrators of Lima’s Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen public hospital, according to prosecutor Reynaldo Abia.
- The scam was uncovered after police received a complaint from the brother of a man suffering from Covid-19 who had been asked for 82,000 soles ($20,783) to obtain an intensive care (ICU) bed and treatment at the hospital, said Abia.
- Outrage over prior allegations that some top officials had been granted preferential “VIP” vaccinations prompted the country’s health and foreign ministers to resign earlier this year.
- The hospital involved in the more recent scandal, administered by the EsSalud social security system, provides free care.