Hyderabad: Soon after the Telangana government decided to up the number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the state, the state authorities have decided to put a cap on COVID-19 treatment charges levied from private hospitals. In addition to this, the charges for COVID-19 tests conducted in private hospitals has also been fixed by the state government.
Earlier, only government hospitals and institutions such as Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) were conducting COVID-19 tests in the state.
For COVID-19 tests, private laboratories are allowed to charge Rs 2,200 per test.
For isolation and treatment facility in private hospitals, the fee prescribed is Rs 4,000 per day. Further, for ICU (Intensive Care Unit) without ventilator facility, the fee prescribed is Rs 7,500 per day and, for ICU with ventilator facility, the prescribed fees is Rs 9,000 per day.
The revised cap on COVID-19 treatment charges was announced by the Telangana health minister Eatela Rajender on June 15. According to health officials, around 250 COVID19 patients are getting treated in 10-12 private hospitals in the state, as of now.
At present, Telangana has 17 ICMR-approved private hospitals for conducting COVID-19 tests, apart from 10 government centres. The private hospitals are: