Bengal hospitals will not charge more than Rs 5000 for clinical examination

Kolkata: While advising private hospitals and nursing homes, the state health department has fixed an upper limit of Rs 5,000 for diagnosis and diagnostic test for the beneficiaries of Swasthya Saathi card holders.

The decision was taken soon after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the hospitals of strict action.

While warning to take strict action against private hospitals and nursing homes, the health department advisory said that sometimes it has been observed that private hospitals and nursing homes conduct unnecessary tests in the name of clinical examination and diagnosis. It is not proper to do so. Hospitals and nursing homes can spend up to Rs 5,000 for clinical examination and diagnosis. After that the patient will be brought under a specific package.

Despite a large number of packages available, many healthcare providers are treating patients under the unspecified package category for medical management cases and some surgical cases, which may be blocked under specified packages.

According to the advisory, if a person does not have a card, then he can get his information along with the Aadhaar number of the beneficiary in the Swasthya Sathi web portal.

It has been said in the advisory that if a person does not have a health card, then the facility of identification of the person/issuance of a new card will be given in the hospital itself. Similar arrangements will be made for all PPP Diagnostic Centres.

Swasthya Sathi Yojana, was launched by Banerjee on December 30, 2016. Basic health cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family is provided per year for secondary and tertiary care. Under this scheme, there are at least 1,900 packages where a family can avail secondary and tertiary care cashless treatment up to Rs 5 lakh per annum from any of the empaneled hospitals.

According to an estimate by the state finance department, the state government spends around Rs 8 crore per day and Rs 250 crore per month to meet the claims of a healthy partner. There are about 2,330 private hospitals and nursing homes under the health sector, with a total consumer base of about eight and a half crores.

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