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Bengal govt fixes rates of Covid-19 tests, kits after private hospitals found fleecing patients

Flooded by complaints of exorbitant rates being charged from Covid-19 patients for medicines, PPE kits, swab exams etc by private hospitals and laboratories, the West Bengal authorities has issued seven new advisories, fixing the rates.

The authorities has additionally imposed curbs on use of crucial care medicines carrying totally different price tags.

Most hospitals are charging patients for the most costly antibiotics, antifungals, analgesics and different medicine though these can be found in numerous price ranges, the federal government has said in a single of the advisories. “Patients’ relatives shall be offered to choose which branch they would like to purchase,” the advisory provides.

On July 27, chief minister Mamata Banerjee informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he might inform the world that the Bengal authorities is providing “totally free treatment”. She made the comment throughout a digital assembly with the PM.

While Banerjee referred to authorities hospitals, the state of affairs in private hospitals is totally totally different if one goes by the advisories. There are 28 authorities hospitals devoted to Covid-19 patients towards 55 private hospitals of the identical class.

On Sunday, 2,739 new Covid-19 instances and 49 deaths had been reported within the state.

On Saturday, the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission issued seven separate advisories, saying quite a few anomalies had come to its discover. All hospitals and laboratories within the state are registered under the Clinical Establishment (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act.

The state health division had earlier issued three notices to private hospitals however the complaints didn’t cease. In most instances, the patients alleged that they had been charged in extra of Rs 5 lakh though antibiotics and oxygen had been all they wanted.

The fee has said that high-end antibiotics equivalent to “Meropenem” utilized in crucial care administration, can be found under totally different manufacturers having totally different price tags and henceforth hospitals should keep sufficient inventory of not less than 3/ four manufacturers. Unless a health care provider particularly prescribes a selected model the pharmacy should provide “Meropenem” having the bottom price tag, the fee has said.

Citing the dearth of beds in hospitals, the fee said that if there are extra patients ready on the emergency in comparison with the quantity of vacant beds out there, solely the doctor-on-duty would assess the situation of the ready patients and allot beds to the deserving ones, ignoring some other extraneous consideration or suggestions. “The same procedure would be followed in case of transfer of a patient from normal bed to ICU/ITU,” said an advisory.

Incidentally there are quite a few complaints that patients have been saved in ICU for lengthy durations solely to inflate payments.

“The government has already fixed a sum of Rs 1,000 per day on account of PPE to be charged in the in-patient bill. However, some of the clinical establishments are charging additional amounts on account of sanitizer, additional gloves, head gear, etc,” said an advisory, including that it can’t be performed.

“It has come to the notice of the commission that the pathological laboratories authorized to conduct Covid-19 tests by way of home collection are charging additional amounts over and excess of Rs 2,250 fixed by the government,” said one of the advisories. It said that if samples are collected from an individual’s residence the laboratories can’t cost conveyance charge of greater than Rs 10 per kilometre calculated on the premise of the gap between the laboratory and the shopper’s house.

The fee has said that many hospitals are charging numerous quantities of their out patients departments “in the guise of sanitary charges in addition to the doctor consultation fee”. No greater than Rs 50 may be charged from a affected person and one other Rs 50 if the advisor physician wears a full PPE package, said an advisory.

Reacting to the advisories, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the federal government has up to now failed to watch hospitals.

“On the one hand we are seeing people turning paupers after footing exorbitant hospital bills while on the other the government is issuing advisories. The government should have monitored what is going on and listened to experts,” said Rahul Sinha, BJP nationwide secretary.

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