Telangana: Govt’s crackdown on errant private hospitals to continue; over 1,000 complaints received  

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A team has been constituted to look into the allegations against the private hospitals and action would be taken against the hospitals

The Telangana government said that action would be taken against private hospitals that are exploiting people in COVID-19 treatment.

The state health department received as many as 1,039 complaints against private hospitals from patients of which 130 are related to over-billing, said an official.

It may be recalled that the complaints are emerging despite the Telangana High Court had expressed outrage on private hospitals over excessive billings.

A team has been constituted to look into the allegations against the private hospitals and action would be taken against the hospitals which violated the norms set by the government for COVID-19 treatment.

“Our intention is not to close down hospitals but to counsel them to work with the government during the pandemic. At the beginning, we had made it clear that there would be price slabs for the cost of COVID-19 treatment,” Dr G Srinivasa Rao, the Director of Public Health, Telangana, was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.

The state health director said that the government also received 16 complaints related to insurance covers and a special team would look into it.

The Telangana government had provided a toll-free number for the public to register their grievances about private hospitals violating COVID-19 treatment guidelines by dialing 104 or leave a WhatsApp message on 9154170960.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 1,982 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the state’s total cases currently stands at 79,495 along with 627 fatalities. With a recovery rate of 70.44 percent, over 55,000 people have recovered till now while 22,869 are still active cases.

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