Delhi: Centre Recommends Cap On COVID Treatment Costs In Private Hospitals

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After Mr Shah's intervention, Covid 19 testing has increased in Delhi and the testing rate is fixed at 2400 rupees.

The panel had earlier on June 17 had recommended that the rates of rapid tests should be reduced from Rs 4,500 to Rs 2,400 for the samples tested by government. This is almost half of the present rates, NDTV reported. "A large number of people have turned up for COVID-19 tests in different locations and it will be completed by this evening", he added.

The Committee has recommended a range from Rs 8,000-10,000 per day (including PPE and medicines), Rs 13,000-15,000 per day (including PPE and medicines) & Rs 15,000-18,000 per day (including PPE and medicines) for Isolation beds, ICUs without ventilators and ICUs with ventilators respectively for all private hospitals (depending on whether the private hospital is NABH accredited or not).

According to the Delhi government, by July 15, the number of coronavirus patients in Delhi can be more than 2.25 lakhs.

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The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah also said it would be better to conduct COVID19 testing through the new Rapid Antigen methodology that has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as it will ramp up testing capacity, and will help in early diagnosis and early treatment. The Centre has till now given Rs 277 crore to Delhi government for equipment. "The specimens will be collected by the government facility on its own", said the recommendation report accessed by CNBC-TV18.

Delhi has been one of the COVID-19 hotbeds in the country. In a meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and chief secretaries of Haryana and UP, Shah said, "Keeping in view the close-knit urban structure of the NCR, it is necessary for all authorities concerned in Delhi- NCR to come together to tackle the virus..."

A proposal to ensure that private hospitals provide 60 per cent of their Covid beds at low rates was also discussed. Over 50,000 cases have been detected in the city so far, even as almost 2,000 people have died.

After the Supreme Court's rap, Amit Shah on Sunday began a series of meetings with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other senior officials to review the situation in the city. Delhi's infection tally stood at 49,979, and 1,969 people have died due to the coronavirus so far. "Most of the existing beds in hospitals now have oxygen supply for patients, and in the next ten days, all other beds will have oxygen supply attached to them".

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