Delhi: Charges for isolation beds in private hospitals for COVID patients slashed to about one-third

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) on Friday informed that Union Minister Amit Shah has constituted a committee under Dr. VK Paul, Member, Niti Aayog to fix rates charged by private hospitals in Delhi for 60 percent beds for COVID-19 patients in various categories – isolation beds, ICUs without ventilator support & ICUs with ventilator support.

The Committee has recommended a range from Rs 8,000-10,000 per day (including PPE and medicines), Rs 13,000-15,000 per day (including PPE and medicines) & Rs 15,000-18,000 per day (including PPE and medicines) for Isolation beds, ICUs without ventilators and ICUs with ventilators respectively for all private hospitals (depending on whether the private hospital is NABH accredited or not). This is as compared to the current charges ranging from Rs 24,000-25,000 per day (excluding PPE), Rs 34,000-43,000 per day (excluding PPE) & Rs 44,000-54,000 per day (excluding PPE).

According to MoHA, a house-to-house health survey in 242 containment zones of Delhi has been completed. A total of 2.3 lakh people were surveyed. To increase testing capacity & quick delivery of results in Delhi, testing via Rapid Antigen testing methodology was also started yesterday. A total of 7,040 people have been tested in 193 testing Centres. Testing will continue with increased numbers in the coming days.

Also, a total of 27,263 testing samples have been collected in Delhi from 15th to 17th June 2020 against the daily collection which varied between 4,000-4,500 earlier.