NEW DELHI: In order to ensure availability of health infrastructure as the Covid-19 case count grows rapidly, the
has asked states to proactively engage with the private sector and consider pooling public and private healthcare facilities.
States have also been asked to negotiate with local private healthcare providers and arrive at reasonable rates, while factoring in cost elements for personal safety equipment for healthcare providers.
“It has been suggested that the rates, once fixed, must be widely publicised so that both the
and service providers are fully aware and capacities are used optimally,” the government said in a statement.
The move comes in the wake of reports indicating an emerging shortage of healthcare infrastructure, including hospitals with
, ventilators, oxygen supported beds, etc for management of Covid-19 patients.
There have also been reports of overcharging by healthcare providers for Covid-19 treatment.
Citing prices of critical care fixed under insurance schemes run by the central government, like the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) and
the Central Government Health Scheme
(CGHS) which facilitate treatment in private facilities, the central government suggested that states also follow similar models.