All private healthcare establishments to provide treatment to  referred COVID-19 patients

Chandigarh, July 30:

In view to ensure healthcare services to the COVID-19 patients, the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has directed the all Private Hospitals/Nursing Home/ Clinics for tertiary care (HDU & ICU) under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 (COVID-19 Regulation 2020), referred by the Health Department.

Disclosing this here today, the Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu in wake of rising cases of corona virus across the State, the State Government has taken this pro-people decision. He said that the health services would be extended on the billing system for referred COVID-19 patients. The cost of treatment will be reimbursed as per CGHS Chandigarh rates. Any modification in it by the Government of India will be applied thereafter for the purpose of billing.

Mr. Sidhu divulged that the cost of Drug and Consumables will be reimbursed as per the actual cost.  After the discharge of the patient, the hospital will send the authorized referral, final bill, Discharge summary, Consumables/Medicines bills after verification by Civil Surgeon of the District to Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

In case there are no prescribed rates for any test/ procedure in CGHS, Chandigarh rates then PGIMER Chandigarh/ AIIMS New Delhi rates (whichever is less) will be applicable for that test/procedure. v) Treatment would be provided to such patients on a cashless basis adding that he divulged for PPE kits Rs. 2000 per patient per day for the first two patients and then Rs. 1000 per patient per day for every additional patient to be paid.

The Health Minister further said that these rates are applicable to the COVID-19 patients referred by the Department of Health and Family Welfare to private institutions for tertiary level (HDU & ICU) management of COVID-19. For the patients with an insurance cover, any rates determined between the hospital and the TPA, insurance Company, Corporate employees shall also apply.

He said that the Hospitals/Nursing Homes/Clinics shall provide hassle-free seamless services and there will be no compromise on the quality of clinical care provided to the patients receiving services on these rates.

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