GOA: The state government issued an order capping the rates for Covid-19 admission in private hospitals with intensive care units (ICUs). Private hospitals can thus no longer charge patients more than the approved rates Rs 12,000/day for general ward, Rs 15,000/day for twin sharing, Rs 18,000/day for single room, and Rs 25,000/day for ICU with ventilator.
A senior official said that this capping was necessitated amid fears that patients opting for treatment in private hospitals may be overcharged. He said that while they hadn’t received any written complaints of overcharging, they had heard that two hospitals raised their rates for Covid admissions.
Last week, health minister Vishwajit Rane said that an order capping rates to ensure that patients are not overcharged would be issued. Earlier, the directorate of health services had directed private hospitals with ICU beds to admit Covid patents and to share their rates. The government’s delay in issuing this order has also been questioned by some quarters.
The News24 Kannada