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Karnataka: 50% private hospital beds for govt-referred patients

With Covid-19 cases spiralling, the Karnataka government on Tuesday issued an order mandating private hospitals in the state to reserve 50% of their beds for treating Covid-19 patients referred by public authorities.

The order issued by chief secretary P Ravi Kumar cited a similar notification issued by the health and family welfare department on June 23, 2020, and said it will be in force until further orders.

According to the new order, the government’s price cap for Covid treatment in private hospitals varies from Rs 5,200 to Rs 10,000 per day if a patient is referred by a government authority to a private hospital. In such cases, the cost is borne by the government.

If a Covid patient seeks treatment in a private hospital on his/her own, then the charges vary from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per day depending on the level of treatment needed. For a self-admitted Covid patient in the general ward, the charges are Rs 10,000 per day.

50% bed reservation: Hospitals’ association asks for 7-10 days
Treatment in high-dependency wards costs Rs 12,000 per day per patient, followed by Rs 15,000 for ICU without ventilator and Rs 25,000 for ICU with ventilator.

The June order for 50% bed reservation in private hospitals was withdrawn with decline in Covid cases in November 2020. The state government has also issued an order appointing nodal officers from Bescom and BWSSB for every Covid treating hospital for Covid management.

The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, while welcoming the government’s decision, sought 7-10 days’ time for implementing the same since hospitals are also filled with non-Covid patients. “A year ago, we didn’t have non-Covid patients in our wards. Hence, it was much easier to set aside beds for Covid care,” said Dr Rajshekar YL, secretary of Phana. ToI

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