The daily treatment charges, which earlier ranged between Rs 5,500 and Rs 18,000, have now been fixed between Rs 5,000-Rs 12,000.
As per the order issued, Covid hospitals have been categorized into three sections — A, B and C — based on their location and they are further divided into two categories depending on their certification from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers [NABH].
The hospitals with or without accreditation by NABH in Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Dhanbad and Bokaro have been placed in Category A, whereas those in Hazaribag, Palamu, Deoghar, Seraikela, Ramgarh and Giridih have been placed in Category B. The hospitals in the rest of the districts, including Chatra, Dumka, Garhwa, Godda, Gumla, Jamtara, Khunti, Koderma, Latehar, Lohardaga, Pakur, Sahebganj, Simdega and West Singhbhum, are placed in Category C.
Talking to TOI, state health secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni said: “With the change in treatment and discharge protocols for Covid-19 patients, we have decided to review the charges of private hospitals. The package has been fixed on the basis of facilities provided by the hospitals as well as the severity of individual Covid cases. All healthcare providers have been directed to comply with the order with immediate effect.”
Further, the state government classified the condition of patients into four categories — asymptomatic, moderate, severe and very severe.
According to the letter issued by the state health department, a patient with moderate symptoms will have to shell out Rs 7,500 and 8,000 if they are admitted to non-NABH and NABH-accredited hospitals under Category A, respectively. Patients with similar symptoms admitted to non-NABH and NABH-accredited hospitals in Category B will need to pay Rs 6,500 and 7,000, respectively. Whereas, the corresponding rates for Category C hospitals are Rs 5,000 and 6,000.
Patients with severe illness but without ventilator support will have to pay Rs 9,000 in non-NABH and Rs 10,000 in NABH-accredited hospitals in Category A; Rs 8,000 and 8,500 in Category B centres and Rs 7,500 and Rs 8,000 in Category C health institues.
For critically ill Covid-19 patients with ventilator support (invasive as well as non-invasive), the non-accredited private hospitals in Category A have been asked to charge Rs 11,500 and NABH-certified hospitals can demand Rs 12,000.The rates for the corresponding groups would be Rs 10,500 and Rs 11,000 in Category B, and Rs 9,000 and Rs 10,500 in Category C, respectively.
The packages announced by the state also included charges for PPE kits, physiotherapy, medicines and all bedside procedures and pathological tests conducted on patients.