Telangana govt. fixes cap on COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals

South India

State Health Minister Eatala Rajender announced that the new tariff at Hyderabad on Monday, June 15

After Tamil Nadu, Telangana government has fixed a cap on COVID-19 treatment tariff in private hospitals across the state. State Health Minister Eatala Rajender announced that the new tariff at Hyderabad on Monday, June 15, according to a News Minute report.

As per the new pricing tariff, private hospitals can charge only Rs.2200 for a COVID-19 test, Rs.4000 per day for treatment of patients in isolation ward, Rs 7500 per day for patients in Intensive Care Units and Rs.9000 for patients on ventilator support.

The minister has warned stern action against lab or diagnostic centre or any private hospital exploit people or patients by over-charging or levying extra charges. The private labs conducting the tests have to inform health officials about test results. If the result is positive, government officials will start contact tracing. Hospitals admitting patients for Covid treatment also have to share their details with the government officials, said a report in Indian Express.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said that private hospitals and labs are being allowed to test samples to remove apprehensions in the minds of the people about poor testing by the government. The chief minister had earlier stated that the government would conduct 50,000 COVID tests across Hyderabad, Rangareddy and other adjoining districts over the next 10 days.

Addressing the media on Monday, the health minister asked private hospitals not to test asymptomatic patients and to submit to the government details of coronavirus patients being treated by them.

The health minister insisted that they will not go for rapid testing and continue with reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rt pcr) test, due to the high rate of inaccuracy in rapid testing. The minister said that mass testing will be done in Hyderabad and other containment zones in the state.

On Sunday, the state recorded 237 COVID-19 cases out of which 195 of them were from Hyderabad.

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