Pvt Hospitals Oppose Covid Treatment Fee Cap | Nagpur News

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Nagpur: With a spike in new Covid-19 cases over the past week, the number of patients requiring hospitalization is also gradually increasing. The district administration has sent letters to private hospitals in the city to be ready to treat Covid-19 patients, just like in the first and second waves.
However, this time hospitals are in no mood to agree to capped charges for treating Covid-19 patients.
The Nagpur branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written a six-page letter to city authorities demanding that the cap on Covid-19 treatment fees be removed. “It will be difficult for hospitals to provide healthcare with very high procurement costs against unsustainable low hospital fee cap,” reads the letter signed by Nagpur IMA Chairman, Dr. Sanjay Deotale, and Honorary Secretary Dr. Sachin Gathe.
In the letter, Dr Deotale said the IMA and private hospitals have always worked in the past to support the government and will continue to do so in the future. “But we too have our critical issues and concerns. We want new administrative orders for third wave treatment,” Dr. Deotale said.
“A private hospital must pay the same salary to all technical, paramedical and other support staff for the management of Covid beds for which we are asked to cap charges. Our expenses are increasing and capped fees are simply not affordable in the current wave,” he said.
Doctors said they had the worst experience working with the administration during the second wave.
“We expected the authorities to take cognizance of the realities on the ground and the practical difficulties of private hospitals and issue revised orders in the third wave in view of our requests. But that didn’t happen. We received the same orders again,” Dr Gathe said.
The doctors recently held a meeting at IMA House. They sought to meet with the City Commissioner and the District Collector to convince them to issue revised orders because “the number of hospitalized patients is expected to increase in the next two weeks”.

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