Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta on Friday said the Assam government has fixed the cost of treatment of Covid-19 patients at private hospitals in the state.
According to the government notification, the cost of Covid-19 treatment at a private hospital has been fixed based on the type of hospitals.
Mahanta said the decision was taken in view of the complaints from the public that some hospitals were fleecing people in the name of Covid-19 treatment amid the pandemic.
It has been alleged that many private hospitals in Assam are taking exorbitant charges from Covid-19 patients.
The notification stated in a super-specialty hospital, the per-day charge for the general ward would be Rs 5,000, for share cabin Rs 6,500, for ICU without ventilator Rs 10,000, and Rs 15,000 for ICU with the ventilator.
“In a general hospital, the per-day charge for the general ward would be Rs 4,000, for shared cabin Rs 5,000, for ICU without ventilator Rs 9,000 and Rs 12,000 for ICU with the ventilator,” the notification stated.
The charge includes registration charges, bed charges, boarding charges (food, etc.), nursing charges, consultant charges: RMO, MD, Anaesthetists, Surgeon, Blood transfusions, oxygen charges, medicine & drugs as treatment protocol, pathology & radiology test charges.
“The private hospitals are taking the advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic and making money by looting public. They are charging exorbitant charges for ICUs and ventilators,” alleged Rajiv Dutta a Dibrugarh resident.