The Assam government, on June 4, issued a fixed cost structure in order to stop private hospitals from overcharging for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

As per the government notification, the cost has been fixed based on the types of hospital. The state government fixed the cost for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in private nursing homes and hospitals in the state. The rates have been fixed in two categories — for general hospitals and super-speciality hospitals.

From now on, COVID-19 patients who are admitted in general hospitals will have to pay ₹4,000 per day for a stay in a general ward, ₹5,000 for private wards, ₹9,000 for ICU without ventilators and ₹12,000 daily for an ICU with ventilators.

For super-speciality hospitals, the rates have been set at₹5,000 daily for general wards, ₹6500 for private wards, ₹10,000 for ICU without a ventilator and ₹15,000 for ICU with ventilators.

According to the notification, the new rates include registration, bed, boarding, food, nursing, consultation charges, tests and medicines. But it will exclude high-end tests, costly medicines like Remdesivir and treatment for co-morbid conditions.

Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta informed that the decision was after receiving complaints from the public that a few hospitals were charging a fortune in the name of COVID-19 treatment.

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