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In an affidavit filed before Supreme Court, the Ministry of Health outlined guidelines for states to regulate Covid-19 treatment costs in private hospitals.
Private health facilities across Bihar have closed down after their staff or patients tested positive. In some cases, patients are asked to take Covid tests before seeking treatment.
The Delhi government has fixed Rs 10,000 a day for a Covid isolation bed at NABH-accredited hospitals, and Rs 8,000 at non-NABH accredited hospitals.
The per day charges for intensive care treatment shall not exceed Rs. 15,000 and for asymptomatic or mild cases, the maximum is Rs. 7,500, said the government.
Patients call the fees ‘exorbitant’ but hospitals explain they need nearly 8 PPE kits per patient per day. Delhi govt has allowed them to charge according to their discretion.
Supreme Court order comes on a plea demanding ‘cost related regulations’ for treatment of Covid patients in private hospitals. Centre gets a week to respond.
Private hospitals in Delhi & Mumbai are asking for these tests though govt has said it's not necessary for dialysis & chemotherapy patients if they are not suspected Covid cases.
Health Secretary Preeti Sudan notes that hospitals have been denying essential services like dialysis, cancer treatment and pregnancy care.
In an order Wednesday, the Arvind Kejriwal govt noted that several hospitals and nursing homes have been denying treatment for want of Covid-19 negative reports.
The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.
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