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Maharashtra Takes Control Of 80% Of Private Hospital Beds, Caps Rates

Maharashtra Takes Control Of 80% Of Private Hospital Beds, Caps Rates

The Maharashtra government has taken control of 80 percent of all private hospital beds in the state till August 31 as it tackles over 40,000 coronavirus cases, the most in the country, and complaints of exorbitant rates.

An order late last night enables the government to regulate the use of private hospital beds and also decide the cost of treatment and how much can be billed to patients.

Hospitals are allowed to charge their own rates in the remaining 20 per cent beds.

For the rest, ward and isolation bed rates have been capped at Rs 4,000. For ICU beds without ventilators, the cost will be Rs 7,500 per day while an ICU bed with ventilator support will be billed at Rs 9,000.

The government has also fixed the cost of nearly 270 procedures and surgeries, including cancer treatments.

Maharashtra has 41,642 COVID-19 cases, with Mumbai crossing the 25,000 mark.