To verify fleecing, Himachal Pradesh fixes ambulance charges

Our Correspondent

Palampur, December 3

The local administration on Thursday notified the rates of all private ambulances operating in Palampur and its adjoining areas to check the exploitation of patients amid Covid pandemic.

Rs12-40 per km

  • Ambulances like Bolero, Maruti van, Jeep and Tavera will charge Rs12 per km
  • The rate will be Rs15 per km for mid-segment vehicles such as Winger
  • Ambulances with ventilator and a medical officer will charge Rs40 per km

Palampur SDM Dharmesh Ramotra said he had received a number of complaints of overcharging by ambulance operators. Therefore, the administration had fixed per km rates of all type of ambulances in the district applicable forthwith, he said.

Ramotra said a notification to this effect had also been issued. “The rate list will be displayed in all hospitals to avoid overcharging,” he said.

In case of any violation, the operators may face cancellation of permission to run ambulance, added Ramotra.

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