TN government fixes price cap on mild COVID-19 cases treatment at Rs.7500 per day

South India

The state government fixed price caps after media reports over COVID-19 patients being ‘fleeced’ for treatment at private hospitals.

Following patients' complaints of exorbitant fee charged by private hospitals for treating COVID-19 treatment, the Tamil Nadu government has on Saturday capped charges for treating asymptomatic and mild cases at a maximum of Rs.7500 per day.

The charges for treatment of serious cases in Intensive care units in private hospitals will be Rs.15, 000 per day. A release issued from the office of Health Minister C Vijaybhaskar said that no fee over and above the fixed slab can be charged by the private hospitals across the state.

As per the newly fixed rates, private hospitals have been categorised into four groups -- A1, A2, A3 and A4 -- based on the number of beds and doctors available in the hospital.

For private hospitals in categories A1 and A2, the prices chargeable per day for treatment of COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms is Rs 7,500, while the amount chargeable by hospitals in A3 and A4 categories is Rs 5,000 per day of treatment.

The price cap on treatment costs was done after media reports that COVID-19 patients were getting ‘fleeced’ at private hospitals.

Earlier, the Tamil Nadu branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had recommended a maximum charge of Rs.23, 000 for treating patients with mild to moderate infection and Rs 25,353 per day for patients with severe COVID-19 infection.

On Thursday, the government had announced the rate card for COVID-19 treatment under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme in authorised private hospitals in the State. The maximum payable rate per day by the government to private hospitals on behalf of people availing COVID-19 treatment is Rs 5,000 for general ward and between Rs 9,000 and Rs 15,000 in the ICUS (With inputs from agencies)

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