Pay extra for therapy at Punjab Government hospitals

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29

The cash-strapped Punjab Government is out to squeeze extra from sufferers amid the Covid pandemic, with the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) rising consumer prices for greater than 40 companies in government-run hospitals.

As per the order, ambulance prices have been elevated to Rs 15 per km from Rs 5 per km that the federal government had been charging for a few years. While OPD registration prices have been doubled to Rs 10, in case of common ward, admission prices have gone up from Rs 25 to Rs 40 and mattress prices from Rs 30 to Rs 40. The widespread surgical procedure prices for a minor surgical procedure have been hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 250. If the surgical procedure is completed below common anaesthesia (GA), the brand new prices shall be 400. In case of a significant surgical procedure with GA and spinal anaesthesia, sufferers shall be charged Rs 1,200 in opposition to Rs 750 earlier. The prices for maintaining a physique in mortuary have been fastened at Rs 100 a day.

Calls to PHSC Chairman Amardeep Singh Cheema for remark went unanswered. Principal Secretary (Health) Hussan Lal mentioned he was “not aware of the decision”.

The enhance comes even because the Congress in its 2017 manifesto had promised rationalising the consumer prices.

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