Hyderabad: Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilsai Soundarajan, on 7 July, asked hospitals not to deny treatment to any person during the pandemic. While interacting with representatives of private hospitals and isolation centers, the Governor said treatment costs should be brought down so as to make it affordable for patients.
“People are in distress and they are running from pillar to post to get admitted to hospitals and losing valuable time. We should build an effective private-public partnership to offer the best medical care to the people during the pandemic,” she said.

She insisted on creating special awareness about home isolation and offering tele medicine and video counseling to patients in home isolation to avoid the rush for beds in hospitals.

Commending the doctors on their hard work, she said, “I can understand the problems of working during a pandemic. It is an extraordinary situation where we need to work in special conditions with a humanitarian approach and a kind heart. Winning peoples’ confidence is key to building their trust in private medical services,” she added.

Addressing the issue of availability of beds in private hospitals, she said, “Hospitals should have a common pool of available beds so that people can know of the number of available beds in different hospitals and avoid running from one hospital to another in search of beds.”

She noted that transparency should be maintained at every level about fee estimates and extra possible costs due to co-morbidity to win the confidence of the patients. She also highlighted issues like expedited testing reports and improved testing facilities.

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