Manipur government caps treatment charges for COVID-19 patients in private hospitals
PMJAY and CMHT beneficiaries are covered for COVID-19 hospitalisation expenses. Their bills will be processed as per PMJAY/CMHT norms and procedures.
The Manipur state government on Wednesday issued orders to limit the charges for treatment of Covid patients by private hospitals with a view to ensure that reasonable rates are charged for COVID-19 treatment.
As per the order issued from the health department, the upper limit of charges for Covid treatment is being regulated by fixing the maximum charges per day. For patients being treated at general or isolation ward, the maximum charges per day without oxygen support shall be Rs 3,000 while patients with oxygen support will be charged a maximum of Rs 5,000 per day, the order stated.
Covid patients receiving treatment at beds with High Dependency Unit (HDU) shall be charged with a maximum of Rs 7,000 per day, it mentioned. Covid patients receiving treatment at ICU beds without ventilator use shall be charged with a maximum of Rs 8,000 per day while those receiving treatment with ventilator use at ICU beds shall be charged with a maximum of Rs 10, 000 per day, the order stated.
The per day charges mentioned above will include registration charge, bed charge, nursing and boarding charge, medicine and drugs, oxygen charges as well charges for pathology and radiology tests, it added.
The order further mentioned that high end medicines like Remdesivir can be charged separately at the rate of Rs 3, 400 per dose i.e. the current government of India prescribed rate, it stated. PPE costs may be charged separately based on actual use and the cost should be sub-allocated among patients based on rounds taken by the doctors and nurses, it stated.
The order clarified that PMJAY and CMHT beneficiaries are covered for COVID-19 hospitalisation expenses. Their bills will be processed as per PMJAY/CMHT norms and procedures.
It continued that COVID 19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and declared as a notified Disaster by the Government of India.
Under Section 2 (a)(iii) of the Manipur Essential Services Maintenance Act, 2010, ‘Essential Services’ is defined as “any services connected with the maintenance of public health and sanitation, including hospitals, dispensaries, Primary Health Centres and Primary Health Sub Centres,” it stated.
The Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 provides the state government with power to take special measures and prescribe regulations as to dangerous epidemic disease.
The order pointed out that under Section 22 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, the State Executive Committee may give directions to any department of the Government of the State or any other authority or body in the State regarding actions to be taken in response to any threatening disaster situation or disaster.
It stated that under Section 24, of the Disaster Management Act, the State Executive Committee may provide shelter, food, drinking water, essential provisions, healthcare and services in accordance with the standards laid down by the National Authority and State Authority.
The State Executive Committee may give directions to the department concerned of the state government, any district authority or other authority, within the local limits of the state to take such measures or steps for rescue, evacuation or providing immediate relief saving lives or property as may be necessary in its opinion, it stated.
The State Executive Committee may also require any department of the government of the state or any other body or authority or person in charge of any relevant resources to make available the resources for the purposes of emergency response, rescue and relief, it further stated.
It may also procure exclusive or preferential use of amenities from any authority or person as and when required and ensure that non-governmental organisations carry out their activities in an equitable and non-discriminatory manner, the order added.