GOA: The government decision on Sunday to cancel the notification covering Covid treatment under the Deen Dayal Swashtya Seva Yojna (DDSSY), which was issued last week, was taken under pressure from private hospitals, two senior government officials told.
Late on Sunday evening, health minister Vishwajit Rane, through a social media post, declared that after discussion with chief minister Pramod Sawant, the government decided to cancel the Covid-19 treatment under DDSSY. A fresh notification will be issued in consultation with the CM, he said.
A senior official said that private hospitals treating Covid patients were not happy with the two packages Rs 64,400 for 14 days of treatment for mild covid and Rs 92,400 for 14 days for severe illness offered under the amended DDSSY. The government’s caps for Covid treatment in private hospitals are much higher. The per-day charges for admission to a general ward has been capped at Rs 10,000 per day, whereas the rate for admission to an ICU with ventilator has been capped at Rs 24,000 per day.
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