Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government on Friday capped the prices for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at private hospitals in the state.
For the 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 COVID 19 treatment with oxygen, Rs 6,500 shall be charged at NABH hospitals and Rs 5,850 at non-NABH hospitals.
For Critical COVID Treatment in ICU with NIV (CPAP, BIPAP, HFNO), Rs 12,000 shall be charged at NABH hospitals and Rs 10,800 at Non-NABH hospitals. For Critical COVID Treatment in ICU with Invasive Ventilator Support, Rs 16,000 shall be charged at NABH hospitals and Rs 14,400 at non-NABH hospitals.
These charges include Consultation, Nursing Charges, Room Stay & Meals, COVID testing, Monitoring & Investigations – Biochemistry, Microbiology & Imaging; Physiotherapy, PPEs used, Drugs & Medical Consumables required, Biochemical Waste Management & other Protective gear, Bedside procedures like Ryles tube insertion and urinary tract Catheterization.
The government said that all the private hospitals notified as COVID hospitals must admit the patients immediately as per the admission protocols. No advance shall be insisted at admission time.
The CT scan will be charged at Rs.3000 inclusive of film, report, and other consumables. While the injection Remdesivir will be charged at Rs.2,500 per vial and injection Tocilizumab will be charged at Rs.30000, if used for the patient.
Private hospitals have to display the charges at all prominent places in the hospital and also communicate to the patients while admitting.
"If any hospital is found to be charging more than the rates, they shall be levied a penalty. I can be 10 times more than the additional charges. If any hospital or clinical establishment is found to be repeating the same on three occasions, such hospital shall be prosecuted as per provisions of IPC besides action as per Clinical Establishment Act," said the Andhra Pradesh government.
The government asked District Collectors and Superintendents or Commissioner of Police in the State to enforce the regulations and make wide publicity to the rates charged and services to be provided by the private hospitals.