Hyderabad: Making the right moves in these times of Covid-19 pandemic to check exploitation of patients by the private medical and health sector, the State government has succeeded in bringing down the rates not only of CT scans but also ambulance services in the districts.
The concerted efforts by Ministers and MLAs is finally paying off with diagnostic centres across the State expressing their willingness to slash down the CT scan rates to Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500. The Ministers and public representatives held discussions with district associations of diagnostic centres as also ambulance owners on Monday and convinced them to refrain from taking advantage of the pandemic situation.
Consequently, these associations decided to bring down the rates for diagnostic services particularly CT scan, an investigation that is in high demand now on account of the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the State.
Diagnosis centres slash rates
Mancherial: At a time when private hospitals are drawing flak for allegedly fleecing Covid-19 patients, private diagnosis centres in Mancherial town agreed to provide CT scan service at Rs 2,500 following a request by MLA N Diwakar Rao.
Diwakar Rao said the diagnostic centres accepted the request for a discount on the price for the service after holding consultations with members of Indian Medical Association-Mancherial unit. He stated that now patients of Covid-19 and other diseases don’t need to pay Rs 6,000 collected in the past. He opined that the rebate would bring relief to the patients.
Dr N Mallesh, president of IMA said that the centres agreed to carry out the examination following the intervention of MLA Diwakar Rao. He thanked the centres for giving the discount, considering the plea of the legislator and the financial conditions of the patients. He added that steps were being taken to extend quality medical services at affordable prices in private hospitals.
Meanwhile, patients of the coronavirus and other diseases expressed gratitude to Rao for reducing their financial burden by convincing the centres to offer a discount of Rs 3,500. N Ramesh Kumar, a resident of the town said that the move would bring a breather to those who were infected by the virus and were financially weak.
Rs 1,999 for CT scan from tomorrow
Mahabubnagar: Beginning Tuesday, diagnostic centres in the district will charge only Rs 1999 for CT scan to help people during Covid-19 pandemic, Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud said on Monday. A decision to this effect was taken after the Minister held a meeting with the diagnostics centres association here.
The Minister appreciated the association representatives for their support while addressing a press conference.
With complaints of hospitals charging exorbitant charges for Covid treatment, the Minister said a task force was set up involving DMHO, RDO and DSP. The task force will monitor the bills being issued by the private hospitals, besides the services being extended by them, he informed.
Twenty percent of beds in all the private hospitals will have to be allocated for the treatment of the poor. If the management fails to do, then the government would take over the beds, he said.
“All the 20 per cent beds allocated for the treatment of the poor should be painted in a different color,” said Srinivas Goud. Considering the demand for Remedisiver injections, an appeal has been made to the government for allocation of 450 vials, he said adding that injections should be sold for maximum retail price, failing which stern action would be initiated against the hospitals.
He said the district administration was taking all necessary measures to extend treatment to people.
Nearly 250 oxygen beds and Remedesiver injections have been provided to Government General Hospital in the town. Another 250 oxygen beds were to be arranged but due to scarcity of oxygen, things were getting delayed, he said.
In all, 1,374 beds were available in both government and private hospitals in the district. There are 13 private hospitals in the district and the managements should opt for Remedisiver and oxygen only for patients, who require them, said the Minister.
Regarding the fever survey in the district, the Minister said over 2.15 lakh households were covered and of these, 7680 persons were identified with symptoms and medical kits were distributed to them immediately.
Later, the Minister distributed cheques worth over Rs.10 lakh to 23 beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
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