Punjab authorities rolls again enhance in consumer costs in hospitals

Vishav Bharti
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 31

The state authorities has rolled again the choice to extend consumer cost in state-run hospitals.

In a information report that appeared on Sunday, The Tribune had highlighted how the cash-strapped state authorities was out to “fleece” sufferers by rising the consumer costs for greater than 40 companies.

In an order, Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, Tanu Kashyap mentioned, “It is intimated that revision in user charges made on August 28 has been withdrawn due to Covid-19.”

For a few years, the state authorities had been levying ambulance costs at Rs 5 per km, however elevated it to Rs 15 not too long ago. Admission and OPD registration costs had been doubled to Rs 10.

Admission costs had been elevated from Rs 25 basically ward to Rs 40. The widespread costs for minor surgical procedure had risen to Rs 250 from Rs 100; for minor surgical procedure underneath basic anaesthesia, Rs 400 was to be charged as per elevated charges.

Similarly, main surgical procedure with basic and spinal anaesthesia had been elevated from Rs 750 to Rs 1,200. And costs for particular surgical treatment had been to be Rs 1,500.

The costs had been elevated even if the Congress had promised in its election manifesto in 2017 that if it got here to energy, it might rationalise the consumer costs. Last time the costs had been elevated in 2013. Some widespread costs had witnessed virtually 5 to 10 occasions enhance within the final one decade.

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