EVEN AS it called for action against violent attacks on doctors treating Covid-19 patients and other incidents of bullying in parts of Maharashtra, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra, has demanded state Health Minister Rajesh Tope to reconsider capping rates of Covid treatment.
Dr Avinash Bhondwe, president of the state chapter of IMA, along with other officials met Tope and submitted a list of demands. Dr Bhondwe said there were some serious lacunae in the government notification regarding fee charged by hospitals. Rates mentioned for Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) scheme and other Covid management were impractical, he said.
Issued rates for ICU — Rs 4,000, Rs 7,500 and Rs 9,000 for oxygen beds, ICU without ventilators, and ICU with ventilators, respectively — were not enough for treatment of critical Covid patients, the IMA said.
Dr Bhondwe said even the massive cost of oxygen could not be borne by government-approved rates.
It has been stated in the government notification that rates for private hospitals are valid till August 31. Dr Bhondwe said, hence, newer rates should be decided in consultation with IMA to make it more practical, and to base them on actual costs.
Tope discussed all these issues with the delegation and has decided to hold a meeting regarding increment in private hospital rates. The authorities promised to renegotiate rates with IMA before August 31, read a statement issued on Thursday.