A day after the state well being division prolonged the value cap on non-public hospitals for Covid-19 remedies for the following three months, medical associations on Tuesday referred to as the choice unrealistic since it should additional have an effect on the financial stability of smaller hospitals.
In April, the state authorities had mandated non-public hospitals to allocate 20% beds for Covid-19 sufferers, of which 80% beds had been to be regulated by the civic physique. On Monday, the well being division issued a round extending the length of the value cap till November 30. The round additionally acknowledged that personal hospitals can start charging common charges on 50% beds reserved for non-Covid sufferers, at the same time as the federal government charges will apply to the remaining 50% beds meant for Covid-19 sufferers.
In response, the Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA)- Maharashtra in an open letter on Tuesday mentioned such low charges will result in the closure of smaller hospitals throughout the state.
“The federal government agreed to carry a separate assembly on the problems. Sadly, the federal government unilaterally introduced hospital charges with none dialogue with IMA. Compliance with these charges is solely inconceivable. Small hospitals can not maintain at these charges as they’re already catering to reasonably priced healthcare in contrast to huge multi-bedded company hospitals,” reads the letter.
State well being minister Rajesh Tope didn’t reply to HT’s name or messages.
The affiliation has additionally criticised the federal government for not taking motion towards those that assaulted docs concerned in treating Covid-19 sufferers. “Many docs have misplaced their lives whereas engaged on Covid-19 responsibility however they haven’t obtained any insurance coverage or help from the federal government. If hospitals are compelled by such unilateral, impractical, anti-democratic, autocratic selections, then IMA with its docs will probably be compelled to think about different steps,” mentioned Dr Avinash Bhondwe, president IMA, Maharashtra.
The Affiliation of Medical Consultants (AMC) acknowledged that the state authorities, in violation of the catastrophe administration act, is just not reimbursing non-public hospitals for the loss they’re sustaining. “The federal government ought to reimburse the hospital for the vacant beds underneath the 80% scheme. The charges are unrealistic particularly the place a number of docs are required,” mentioned Dr Deepak Baid, president of AMC.
He additionally mentioned the state authorities can’t determine on Covid-19 costs because the matter is into consideration within the Supreme Courtroom.