Pvt hospitals to spare 50% beds for Covid patients, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Mysuru: Amid a spike Covid cases, health authorities have decided to utilise private hospital infrastructure to treat the infected patients.

District health officer Dr Venkatesh told TOI that a meeting will be convened with private healthcare providers to take stock of the situation and to inform them about the latest order.

The health and family welfare department says it has become imperative to involve private hospitals, corporate hospitals and nursing homes to tackle the challenges posed by the virus. To overcome the infrastructure challenges, the department is invoking powers under the National Disaster Management Act directing all private healthcare providers except Ophthalmology hospitals and dental care hospitals to spare 50% beds to treat Covid patients referred by public health authorities. The hospitals can utilise remaining 50% beds for private patients or patients with insurance.

Government has fixed treatment costs per day for referred patients and capped charges for patients admitted directly.

Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust will act as the nodal agency to assess the facility in private healthcare centres, according to the health department.

A member of Indian Medical Association said there are only a handful of big hospitals in Mysuru. “So far the issue has not come to our notice. Opinions of stakeholders is important in the matter,” the person added.


2nd Covid hospital in Mysuru

As Covid-19 cases are increasing across the district, the state government has planned to set up another Covid hospital in the city, said MP Pratap Simha here on Saturday. He spoke after inspecting the construction works at Seth Mohandas Tulasidas Hospital accompanied by health and family welfare department officials on JLB Road in Lakshmipuram. He said construction of the 100-bed maternity hospital was sponsored by the Centre under National Health Mission at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The construction work has almost reached finishing stage and the hospital will be completed in one and half months.

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