Telangana govt takes over 50% beds in private hospitals for COVID-19 patients

South India

The health department will take over the admission of the pandemic patients in the the private hospitals.

The Telangana government decided to take over 50 percent of the beds in private hospitals keeping in view the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, said a news report

As per the government’s decision, the health department will take over the admission of the pandemic patients in the private hospitals.

Accordingly, the COVID-19 patients, who prefer these private hospital wards under the government control for treatment, would be charged as per the rates decided by the government, said a report in Deccan Chronicle.

It may be recalled that state Health Minister Etala Rajendar had said recently that the government would not hesitate to take over half of the COVID-19 beds in private hospitals if they are reluctant to follow the guidelines set by the government for treating the patients.

The COVID-19 beds in the private hospitals, including those in super specialty hospitals, will be allotted through a government app, reported NDTV.

The decision was taken under the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act.

Representatives of the Telangana Super-Specialty Hospitals Association representatives and senior health department officials reportedly attended the meeting convened by the health minister.

It said that from the very beginning of the outbreak of the disease,

The government had urged the private hospitals to join hands with the government in providing treatment to COVID-19 patients at affordable rates.

The state government had set the rates for the pandemic treatment for the private hospitals. But there were complaints that some hospitals allegedly charged exorbitant rates from the patients and the government issued rate list.

Despite this, a section of private hospitals charged at their will and the government cancelled the permission for coronavirus treatment for such hospitals based on the complaints.

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