Several hospitals and doctors as part of the Vadodara Private Hospitals and Consultants Association have come together to self regulate the fee being charged by hospital for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Officer on Special Duty for COVID-19 in Vadodara, Vinod Rao said that this is for the first time that the association has decided to self regulate the fee and have given an undertaking in this connection. He said this will help add 1000 more beds and 200 ICU beds in the fight against COVID-19 in the city.
Dr Krutesh Shah, founder and president of the association in a release said that the cap in prices was a result of series of deliberations the association made with the Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
“ The association has offered to cap the rates per day for various levels of services, and specified the ceiling of rates, which is substantially less than what is charged by authorised COVID-19 corporate hospitals,” Dr Shah said in the release. He further added that the selection of hospitals will be done by the VMC.
The rates have been sealed at Rs6000 per day for a normal private hospitals including cost of on duty doctors, medicines (except some), PPE kit, N-95 masks while it is Rs8500 for super specialty hospitals and a bit more for those having ICU and ventilator facilities, a release from the association said.
Vinod Rao also said that the insurance companies have also been roped in to ensure that cashless facilities are provided wherever applicable. He also said that two private medical colleges have been recognised under the Mukhya Mantri Amrutam Yojana (MAA) and VMS has entered into an MOU with them for the same. He said in all 400 beds in both the colleges have been approved for COVID-19 treatment.