Private hospitals charged exorbitant fees; spending on health abysmally low: Parliament panel on COVID-19

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    Personal healthcare facilities charged expensive fees; costs on health abysmally low: Parliament panel on COVID-19

    This is the first report by any parliamentary committee on the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In the middle of rising COVID-19 cases, inadequate beds in government hospitals and absence of particular standards for COVID treatment resulted in private medical facilities charging outrageous fees, a parliamentary panel on Saturday said, asserting that a sustainable prices design could have avoided many deaths.

    Chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on health Ram Gopal Yadav submitted the report on ‘Break out of Pandemic Covid-19 and its Management’, to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu.

    This is the first report by any parliamentary committee on the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Underlining that healthcare costs in the country with a population of 1.3 billion is “abysmally low”, the panel said fragility of Indian health community postured a huge hurdle in producing an efficient reaction versus the pandemic.

    ” The committee, for that reason, strongly recommends the government to increase its investments in the public healthcare system and make consistent efforts to achieve the National Health Policy targets of expense up to 2.5 % of GDP within two years as the set amount of time of year 2025 is far and the general public health can not be jeopardised till that time schedule,” the report stated.

    The National Health Policy 2017 has set a target of government expense on health care up to 2.5 % of GDP by 2025 from just 1.15 % in 2017.

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    Specifying that the general public had to go through trauma and distress due to absence of a devoted health care system, the committee observed that the variety of federal government hospital beds in the nation were not appropriate to manage the increasing number of COVID and non-COVID patients.

    ” … Expense of health service shipment increased due to lack of particular guidelines for COVID treatment in private hospitals as a result of which clients were charged exorbitant fees,” the committee noted in the report.

    Stressing on the requirement for better partnership between the government and private healthcare facilities in wake of the pandemic and shortage of state-run health care centers, the report said, “The Committee is of the view that coming to a sustainable pricing model to treat COVID patients might have averted many deaths”.

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    ” The committee believes healthcare must never be restricted to just those who can manage to pay however must move towards the noble vision of universal health coverage. For this take place, the government requires to be thoughtful and support the personal healthcare sector,” the report said.

    The committee praised health care workers and physicians for being on the frontline in handling of the fatal virus and said they need to have defined working hours, predictably working reducer lineups and set up off-duty days.

    ” The physicians, who have actually put down their lives in fight versus the pandemic, should be acknowledged as martyrs and their households be properly compensated,” it suggested in the report.

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