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A Covid-19 hospital at Saket in Thane

States can consider Ayushman Bharat rates to cap Covid treatment cost — Centre tells SC

In an affidavit filed before Supreme Court, the Ministry of Health outlined guidelines for states to regulate Covid-19 treatment costs in private hospitals.
A health worker collects a sample using a swab from a man at a health centre to conduct tests for the COVID-19 in Delhi (representational image) | ANI

Staff testing Covid-positive force Bihar private hospitals to shut doors on non-Covid patients

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.
Medics collect swab sample of a man for Covid-19 testing in Kozhikode (representational image) | PTI

CGHS patients to pay Delhi rates for Covid treatment at private hospitals until states decide

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.
A medic looks on at a patient who has shown positive symptoms for coronavirus at an isolation ward in Hyderabad on 10 March

Tamil Nadu govt caps Covid treatment charges at private 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.
Max Hospital in New Delhi's Saket | Photo: ANI

Patients say Delhi pvt hospitals charging huge PPE fees, hospitals say it’s within norms

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.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC asks govt why private hospitals built on free govt land can’t give free Covid treatment

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.

For dialysis & chemo patients, Covid test every week is a forced ‘rule’ at private hospitals

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 | Photo: ANI | Twitter

Private hospitals must not turn away non-Covid patients, says health ministry

Health Secretary Preeti Sudan notes that hospitals have been denying essential services like dialysis, cancer treatment and pregnancy care.
A nurse at work in a Chennai hospital | Representational Image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Delhi private hospitals refusing medical care due to Covid-19 will lose registration: AAP govt

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.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

On Camera

Imran Khan and Xi Jinping

Oil to Kashmir — Why China, not Saudi Arabia, is Pakistan’s only Big Brother now

China has again been Pakistan’s friend — bailing it out of Saudi loans and raising the Kashmir at UNSC. But Islamabad is fast losing other friends in Islamic world.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

1 hotel, 2 backup offices, 200 isolated staff — how RBI ensured Covid didn’t disrupt banking

For nearly five months now, RBI has kept many of its staff and vendors, among others, isolated in a hotel and run payments system from its data centre in Navi Mumbai.

Defence

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.