State to cap virus treat­ment cost in pri­vate hos­pi­tals

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Corre­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: The Pun­jab gov­ern­ment will cap the hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion and treat­ment cost in pri­vate hos­pi­tals for Covid pa­tients and those not ad­her­ing to it will be shut down, chief min­is­ter Capt Amarinder Singh said on Saturday.

The rate for pri­vate hos­pi­tals and clin­ics is ex­pected to be fi­nalised by Mon­day, the CM said dur­ing his #AskCap­tain ses­sion on Face­book.

Tak­ing strict view of com­plaints of ex­or­bi­tant fee be­ing charged by pri­vate hos­pi­tals, the CM termed such ac­tions as ‘an­tipeo­ple and anti-na­tional’ and warned that the pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions will not be al­lowed to in­dulge in such shame­less prof­i­teer­ing at the cost of the lives of peo­ple. “If these hos­pi­tals do not agree to the gov­ern­ment rates, we will close them down,” he added.

Ex­press­ing con­cern over the spike in Covid cases in the state, the CM said he had sought from the Cen­tre per­mis­sion to al­low the state to make Covid test cer­tifi­cates manda­tory for all those cross­ing the bor­der, adding that with 87,000 cars hav­ing en­tered Pun­jab from Delhi alone in re­cent days, the threat of the pan­demic spi­ralling fur­ther was acute.

He re­it­er­ated the state’s full pre­pared­ness for han­dling the cri­sis, with no short­age of equip­ment, say­ing the bat­tle had to be fought col­lec­tively, ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to wear masks and main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

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