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U.T. govt. fixes rate for treatment at private medical colleges

As part of the government’s plan to bring in private medical colleges for COVID-19 management in the Union Territory, the Health Department has fixed the cost of treatment and testing in facilities outside the public health sector.

The department has fixed the fee for non-critical care COVID-19 treatment at Rs. 3,250 a day.

And for patients needing critical care, private medical colleges can charge Rs. 5,480 a day for ICU without ventilator or NIV, Rs. 5,980 a day for ICU with NIV, Rs. 9,580 a day for ICU with ventilator, Rs. 6,280 a day for sepsis without ventilator, Rs. 10,380 for sepsis with ventilator and septic shock/MODS with ventilator a day.

These charges are inclusive of isolation ward, administrative charges, consultation, drugs and investigation, nutritious diet and disinfection cost per person The department has fixed Rs. 2,400 for a test in private institutions.

District Collector and Secretary Health T. Arun told The Hindu that the rates were not applicable to patients referred by the government and they would be given free treatment. The department will be getting 30,000 rapid test kits by next week.

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