Home ministry caps charges for private hospitals in Delhi

The decision to cap prices was taken by a high-powered committee constituted by the union home minister

Home ministry caps charges for private hospitals in Delhi

NEW DELHI : The Union home ministry on Friday ordered capping charges for beds, ICU and ventilators in Delhi's private hospitals to make medical care for covid-19 patients a little more affordable.

Acting on the advice of a high-powered committee, the Ministry has capped the cost of a covid-19 isolation bed in private hospitals in Delhi in the range of Rs8,000 to Rs10,000 and an ICU bed with ventilator at Rs15,000-Rs18,000 per day. On Wednesday, the charges for tests was capped at Rs2400.

Delhi has the third highest number of cases in the country with approximately 50,000 total cases of which approximately 27,000 are currently active.

"The committee has recommended ₹8000-10000, 13000-15000 & 15000-18000 including PPE costs for isolation bed, ICUs without & with ventilator respectively to all hospitals as compared to the current charges of Rs24000-25000, 34000-43000 & 44000-54000 (excluding PPE cost)," a Home Ministry spokesperson said in a tweet.

In a meeting on Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced a slew of decisions increased testing, health surveys in containment zones and arrangement of 500 coaches to be set up as isolation centres in the national capital.