Delhi: Centre Recommends Cap On COVID Treatment Costs In Private Hospitals

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The bench noted that the Centre has constituted a committee comprising V.K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, and representative from the AIIMS and the GNCTD regarding reasonable rates of various Covid related facilities/tests etc. The rate includes GST, other taxes, if any, the cost involved in picking and transportation of samples, documentation and reporting with immediate effect.

The committee constituted by Amit Shah was charged to fix rates for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals in Delhi for isolation beds, ICUs without ventilator support, and ICUs with ventilator support. The rates suggested by the panel are nearly 60 percent lower than the existing rates.

"In this realisation, the Delhi government has directed to increase the ICU bed capacity in all the big dedicated COVID-19 hospitals", Sisodia said.

As per the directions given by Amit Shah in a series of meetings over the last few days, house-to-house health survey in 242 containment zones of Delhi was completed on Thursday, during which a total of 2.3 lakh people were surveyed.

Jain had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. "How will private hospitals survive as their turnovers have reduced?" These rates would be applicable to 60 percent patients and rest of patients who can afford to pay, can be charged normal rates by private hospitals/labs. For ICU with ventilators, the recommended cost was between Rs 15,000 and Rs 18,000.

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The Union Minister said that the benefit of rapid antigen methodology testing system gives results within 15 minutes. The original cost fixed by ICMR at Rs 4,500 per test was done at a time when all kids were being imported.

"After detail discussions and taking all factors into account, it was chose to fix a rate of Rs 2,400 for each RT-PCR test applicable to specimens provided by the government (panel). There has to be a realistic estimate on what costs the institutions bear, be it on PPEs or isolation facilities, or quarantining and rotating their staff", H S Chhabra, medical director of Indian Spinal Injuries Center said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives to chair a meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (unseen) and other senior officials over the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, at North Block in New Delhi, Sunday. A total of 2.3 lakh people were covered in this survey.

Coronavirus tally in the national capital stands at 49,979 and 1,969 people have lost their lives due to the coronavirus disease thus far.

Hospital where CCTVs have been installed in all the wards, a bench comprising Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.R. Shah said that installation of CCTV cameras in all the wards is a welcome step, which shall not only help the hospital management immediately find out the requirements for proper care of the patients, but will also ensure transparency in patient care.

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