The Chhattisgarh government has constant the price of Covid-19 remedy in private hospitals in the wake of a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, an official said on Sunday.
Patients must bear the price of remedy in the private hospitals, which were classified in A, B and C categories in more than a few districts, based on the medical facilities to be had there, he said.
The order was once issued on Saturday under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, the Chhattisgarh Public Health Act, 1949, and the Chhattisgarh Epidemic Diseases Covid-19 Regulations, 2020, the public relations branch official said.
Hospitals in major districts like Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh have been listed in ‘A’ category, while those in Surguja, Mahasamund, Dhamtari, Kanker, Janjgir-Champa, Balodabazar-Bhatapara, Kabirdham and Bastar districts are in ‘B’ category.
Hospitals in remaining 14 districts of the state have been placed in ‘C’ category, he said.
The ‘A’ category hospitals accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals (NABH) can charge Rs 6,200 per day from relatively sick patients, Rs 12,000 per day for severely ill patients and Rs 17,000 per day for very severely ill patients, the official said.
The non-NABH accredited hospitals can charge Rs 6,200, Rs 10,000 and Rs 14,000 from moderate, severe and very severely ill patients, respectively, he said.
Hospitals in the ‘B’ category can charge 80 per cent of the rate constant for three categories of patients in the ‘A’ category hospitals, while hospitals in the ‘C’ category can charge 60 per cent of it, he said.
Violation of the order will attract punishment, the official said.
The state government has also made up our minds to supply online medical consultancy to Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have gentle symptoms and are undergoing remedy at home, at Rs 250 per day for 10 days, he said.
“The decision has been taken as asymptomatic patients wanted to undergo remedy in home isolation,” he said.
The Covid-19 cases have been frequently rising in the state and the number is likely to go up further in close future, the official said.
Till Saturday, the state reported 43,163 Covid-19 cases and 356 deaths because of the disease.
As of now, there are 22,320 active Covid-19 cases in the state while 20,487 people have retrieved from the disease.