The Assam government has fixed the cost of treatment of Covid-19 patients at private hospitals in the state.

As per the government notification, the cost of Covid-19 treatment at a private hospital has been fixed based on the types of hospital.

Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta said the decision was taken in view of the complaints from the public that some hospitals were fleecing people in the name of Covid-19 treatment amid the pandemic.

The charges in Super Specialty Hospitals and other hospitals shall be fixed for COVID patients considering the bed occupied in the general ward, paying cabin, and ICU (with and without ventilator support), said the notification.

In a super specialty hospital, the per-day charge for the general ward would be Rs 5,000, for share cabin Rs 6,500, for ICU without ventilator Rs 10,000, and Rs 15,000 for ICU with the ventilator.

In a general hospital, the per-day charge for the general ward would be Rs 4,000, for share cabin Rs 5,000, for ICU without ventilator Rs 9,000 and Rs 12,000 for ICU with the ventilator.

The charge includes registration charges, bed charges, boarding charges (food, etc.), nursing charges, consultant charges: RMO, MD, Anesthetists, Surgeon, Blood transfusions, oxygen charges, medicine & drugs as treatment protocol, pathology & radiology test charges.

It also includes medical procedures like radiological imaging and diagnostic test such as X-ray, USG, Haematology, Pathology, etc, BMW (incl. Sanitization), PPE Kits, N-95 masks)

Major tests and investigations, like C.T. Chest /HRCT Chest/Di dimer, etc as well as high-level drugs such as Remdisivir/ Tocilizumubab, etc and treatment and diagnosis procedures related to any co-morbid conditions, are excluded from the charge, the notification said.

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