In a bid to privatize public healthcare services, Tripura BJP-IPFT government has revised tariff rates of different services under the Department of Health and Family Welfare including Intensive Care Unit (ICU), cabin charges, oxygen cylinders, diagnoses and diet. Most of these services were previously free.
The notification also prices ICU beds at Rs. 300 for Antodaya Annapurna Yojana (AAY) beneficiaries, Rs. 300 for Priority Group consumers and at Rs. 600 for people above the poverty level per day. AC cabins in public hospitals would be charged at Rs. 700 daily.
All medicines provided in the government hospitals would be provided for free to all patients but based on availability. Hospital diet, which was provided free to all patients and relatives till now, would be charged at Rs. 50 per day for APL consumers. – The Indian Express