Hyderabad: All private hospitals treating Covid-19 positive patients will now have to mandatorily display treatment costs at prominent locations on their premises.
In a set of fresh instructions, which came into effect immediately, Director of Public Health (DPH), Dr. G Srinivasa Rao instructed all private hospitals to ensure that high-end drugs and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), which are excluded from package capping, are charged at Maximum Retail Price (MRP) only.
It is also now mandatory for private hospitals to display the MRP of PPE equipment and high-end drugs at prominent locations within the hospital and provide itemised bills while discharging a patient.
“There was a need to introduce greater transparency in the rates charged by private hospitals so that people are made aware about the medical bills. These instructions will enable people to verify the correctness of the medical bill raised by private hospitals,” Dr Rao said.
He cautioned that any deviation from the instructions would be viewed seriously and action initiated as per the provisions of Public Health Act-1897 and Telangana Allopathic Private Medical Care Establishments (Registration& Regulation) Act-2002. Private hospitals must prominently display package rates that were prevalent on December 31, 2019.
In June, the State government had issued instructions fixing rates for private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients. The cost fixed was Rs 4,000 per day for isolation facilities to treat mild Covid-19 positive patients, Rs. 7,500 per day for positive patients needing ICU facilities but not ventilator support, and Rs.9,000 per day from critical Covid-19 positive patients who need both ICU and ventilator support. Certain investigation therapies like expensive drugs and PPE kits were excluded from the price rates.
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