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Private hospitals overcharging patients to face action

The Chhattisgarh government has warned of action against private hospitals if they overcharge COVID-19 patients, an official said on Wednesday.

There have been complaints that some private hospitals, which are designated as COVID-19 treatment facilities, are charging hefty amounts from patients.

Chhattisgarh Health Services Director Neeraj Bansod on Tuesday issued a directive to all district chief medical and health officers (CMHOs), asking them to take action if they get complaints against private hospitals of charging more than the fees fixed by the State government for COVID-19 treatment.

Such hospitals will face action under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Chhattisgarh Public Health Act, 1949, and the Chhattisgarh Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, a public relations department official said on Wednesday.

The CMHOs have also been directed to inform the district collector concerned about such complaints and if necessary, cancel the permission for COVID-19 treatment of those private hospitals, he said.

The Chhattisgarh government on September 5 fixed the rates of COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals after classifying them in three categories. – PTI