HYDERABAD: A purported message from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy about free COVID treatment in all hospitals ( government and private) is viral on social media.

Carrying the image of Jagan, the message reads, `free treatment for COVID'.

It claims that the AP government will provide free treatment for COVID 19, be it at a .


NewsMeter found that the claim is fake. The AP government has made no announcement of providing free treatment for COVID in private hospitals. However the treatment is free of cost in all government hospitals.

FACT CHECK:

The AP government has not made any announcement of providing free treatment. However, it has fixed prices for the treatment of COVID 19 patients in private hospitals.

For non-critical COVID 19 treatment, Rs 4,000 will be charged in National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) hospitals and Rs 3,000 at non-NABH hospitals. For non-critical treatment with oxygen, Rs 6,500 will be charged at NABH hospitals and Rs 5,850 at non-NABH hospitals.

For critical COVID treatment with ICU and NIV, Rs 12, 000 will be charged at NABH hospitals and 10,800 at non-NABH hospitals. For critical treatment with ICU and invasive ventilator Rs, 1,6000 will be charged at NABH hospitals and Rs 14, 400 at non-NABH hospitals. (To read more about the charges and what it includes read here)

https://newsmeter.in/regional/andhra-pradesh/ap-government-caps-prices-for-COVID-treatment-at-private-hospitals-677649

The CM directed officials to fix prices on the treatment so that no hospital could overcharge the patients. He said that fees and charges for treatment should be displayed at hospitals along with the details for complaints in case of extra charges. The CM also said that strict action would be taken if any hospital charges more than the fixed fee.


Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter. She is pursuing her post graduation in M. A. Mass Communication and Journalism from St Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on " Role of social media in highlighting injustice ". Misha has a zeal for learning and writing news articles and apart from this, she is interested in video editing and graphic designing.

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