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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Files an Affidavit in the Supreme Court Suggesting Guidelines for Cost-Effective Treatment of Covid-19 Patients

Lawstreet Journal 28 Jul 2020 2:45am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Files an Affidavit in the Supreme Court Suggesting Guidelines for Cost-Effective Treatment of Covid-19 Patients

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has filed an affidavit in the Apex Court proposing that the state governments may consider Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY or CGHS rates as the benchmark basic rates for treatment of coronavirus patients.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in the affidavit mentioned certain suggestions for cost-effective treatment of Covid-19 patients after convening a stakeholder meeting following the court's direction on July 14.

"States arrive at fair rates on priority basis to ensure there is no over-charging of COVID-19 patients or indiscriminate hike for patients…. States may consider Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY and/or CGHS rates as the benchmark basic rates. Certain states have already fixed rates for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals", said the report. The cost ideally should be all-inclusive PPE, drugs (generic to the extent possible), consumables; investigations, procedures, treatment of co-morbidities, diagnostics, patient transportation, and referral, added the report.

In the report, the health ministry said that health is a state subject and the primary responsibility in terms of management of Covid-19 rests with the states. "States may consider exploring utilizing health facilities available in the private sector to augment the available public health infrastructure for Covid-19. Many states have fixed rates and communicated the same to private hospitals", said the health ministry.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde on July 14 had said that "We, therefore, consider it iniquitous to impose a ceiling on the charges for treatment of Covid-19", and permitted the petitioners to make a representation to the Centre.

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