Rape victim told to pay for tests given exemption

Rape victim was charged RM430 for medical examination carried out at Hospital Serdang following sexual assault.

PETALING JAYA: Hospital Serdang has clarified that a 13-year-old rape victim, asked to pay RM430 for her medical check-up after the assault, had been exempted from paying.

According to Hospital Serdang director Dr Rohana Johan, the waiver was given after the victim’s guardian provided the relevant reports in relation to the case.

“The bill that was issued to the patient (rape victim) was for various tests carried out. But she and her guardian can ignore that demand notice.

“In general, we do not charge patients sent to our hospital in such cases.

“The confusion over the medical bill is highly regrettable. We urge all quarters to check with the hospital first for any clarification,” she said in a statement today.

Yesterday, it was reported that the underage rape victim was asked to pay RM430 for medical examinations conducted over three days at a government hospital.

She had been sent for the medical check-up by police following the assault, which occurred in January.

According to NST, the victim was told she had to be admitted to the ward and that she could not be discharged until a psychological assessment was carried out as this was the standard requirement in such cases.

She told the daily that despite providing two police reports on her case, the hospital still sent her the demand notice for the unpaid bill earlier this month.

Under hospital regulations, the submission of the police report should see all medical charges incurred being waived.