New Delhi, May 24
The Delhi government has directed private hospitals and nursing homes with a capacity of 50 beds or more to reserve 20 per cent of their total bed strength for COVID-19 patients, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday.
A total of 10 private hospitals have been declared as COVID-19 dedicated hospitals for admitting confirmed/suspected cases of COVID-19 on payment basis.
“It has been found that in the recent past, the majority of beds earmarked for COVID-19 patients in the dedicated private hospitals are occupied at any given time. Therefore, there is a need to increase the number of beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients in the private hospitals in the city,” an order issued by the government said on Sunday.
To increase the bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, all 117 nursing homes/private hospitals having bed strength of 50 beds or more were directed to reserve/earmark at least 20 per cent of their total bed strength for COVID-19 patients, it added.
“The Delhi government felt an imperative need to increase the number of beds, dedicated to COVID19 patients. Hence, all 117 private hospitals/nursing homes with a capacity of 50 beds or more, have been directed to reserve 20 per cent of their total bed strength for COVID19 patients,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted.
These 117 private hospitals would bill the COVID-19 patients as per their respective schedule of charges, the order said.
“However, the billing for non-COVID patients admitted on extra beds shall not be more than 50 per cent of the lowest economy category of the hospital concerned as per earlier practice during upsurge of cases of vector borne diseases,” it added. PTI
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