Patna, 18 April 2021: Along with the ever-increasing COVID infection in Bihar, there are reports of mismanagement in hospitals. The health department and the district administration are constantly receiving complaints about charging arbitrary fees from patients in private hospitals. The health department has now come into action regarding these complaints.

The Principal Secretary of the department, Pratyay Amrit, has also fixed the fees for the treatment of COVID patients in the private hospitals of the district by fixing the category for all the districts.

The Health Department has set a maximum fee limit for the treatment of infected patients in the state amid the circumstances of corona infection. Now, the health department has also started giving a grading system. The grading of various districts of the state has been done. The Health Department has placed Patna district in the A category, while Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Gaya and Purnia have been included in the B category. Apart from this, all the other districts are included in the C category.

According to the government’s order, the A category districts will charge Rs 10,000 for an isolation bed, while Rs 15,000 will be charged without ventilator ICU and Rs 18,000 for ICU with a ventilator. At the same time, Rs 2000 have been fixed for PPE separately. Similarly, for B category hospitals people will have to pay Rs 8,000 for isolation, Rs 12,000 for ventilator without ICU and Rs 14,400 for ICU with the ventilator.

People will have to pay 6,000 rupees for isolation in C class hospitals, Rs 9,000 for ICU without the ventilator and 10,800 rupees for ICU with the ventilator. The Health Department has written a letter in this regard to the DMs of all the districts and has ordered the implementation of the instructions. The district administration and health department were receiving many such complaints recently that Rs 3 to 4 lakh are being collected in private hospitals from COVID patients. Only after this, the government has decided to set the fees of hospitals. It is believed that after this order, patients will get great relief. According to the department, this rate will be applicable to NABH accredited hospitals.