Standardizing Prices for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals

Some of you have shared information about how some private hospitals are charging exorbitant rates for COVID-19 treatment. Efforts by some of the LocalCircles members has led to results in Maharashtra. With this post we seek your specific inputs on what can be done to ensure COVID-19 treatment and ICU/room/ward charges at private hospitals are not exorbitant.

Look forward to your inputs!

Below are some of the issues listed by you in regards to the healthcare sector in the past that can be referred to.

Issues identified with Healthcare previously

1.Patients are asked to take unnecessary tests.
2.Rate of tests like MRI, CT scan etc. are way higher in private hospitals than outside.
3.As a money-making exercise, many hospitals straight away suggest surgeries in cases where it might not immediately be needed.
4.If the patient has insurance, the hospitals keep them admitted for a longer duration of time and bills are inflated.
5.Patients are kept on ventilators even if there is no chance of recovery.
6.Room rates in private hospitals are very high.
7.Many private clinics/hospitals encourage to pay bills in cash and also give forged bill.
8.In place of generic medicines, branded costlier medicines are recommended.
9.People with health cards, medical insurances extra also lured into unnecessary treatments, procedures and surgeries.
10.Doctor's compensation is linked to revenue contribution in many private hospitals.
11.The grievance cells in private hospitals are terrible
12.Customer complaints are not addressed properly
13.Patients are asked to get admitted even if they don't really need admission and room.
14.Patients stay in the hospital is unnecessarily prolonged for additional revenue.
15.Unnecessary tests are ordered just to increase revenue.
16.Consultation fees in private hospitals is very high.
17.Room rent in private hospitals is similar to 4 and 5 star hotels.
18.The rates of tests are also very high in private hospitals compared to the outside labs.
19.Patients with insurance are charged more compared to the others.
20.Patients from EWS section entitled to treatment are discouraged by making them buy expensive medicines and do extensive paperwork.
21.There are long waiting times to see the doctor.
22.Appointment system is not up to the mark in many hospitals.
23.There is corruption in most departments at Government hospitals.
24.The disposal of various kinds of wastes is a serious issue.
25.Medical devices used for patients are charged at MRP or even above MRP.
26.There is no transparency in billing at most hospitals where prices of medicines, consumables and services are not itemised. more  

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Covid 19 bill of 9 lakhs for 12 days. Private hospitals profiteer from citizens of India more  
First Govt shall take the representative sample of expenses incurred in various govt hospitals. The representative sample will give you a ballpark figure of the expenses patient has to incur in the following cases: a) those who are contracted and going through normal treatments b) those who are in the critical stage of the treatment who needs specialized equipment for treatment.
The most important factor for the treatment is trained and willing manpower to handle the corona patient.
The reason for the private hospital to charge exorbitant price is due to the trained manpower who are dealing with these cases.
The problem lies due to to shortage of willing warrior who are inclined to serve these patient. Therefore they have to be compensated heavily.
How to solve the issue? In democracy one cannot force anyone to do the job against their will.
Therefore in these type of pandemic situation govt takes the full responsibility to save the population. Those who are not willing to depend on govt hospitals and can afford to spend that kind of expenses in pvt hospitals it is there choice. Govt can send the advisory but cannot dictate terms how they will charge for the treatment. more  
Hospitals should be categorized based on the facilities available, expertise of Doctors, ratings provided by patients, etc. Based on the category they should be allowed to charge within a certain range. A national portal should be provided for patients to rate their experience and complaints. more  
Please request ICMR to issue a standard guidelines for treatment at home or hospital.....for general public....if they have the protocol at par with international practices followed in the recent there is no specific drug....

On Sat, 23 May 2020 20:45:35 +0530 LocalCircles Manager wrote
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Govt forces Parle to write MRP - Rs.5 on its Gluco buiscuits. It sud, similarly prescribe MRP for every test and every medical procedure where thousands are looted.
Despite many hospitals in a city , they are all in competition to charge more (instead of less as may be presumed by competition commission of India). more  
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