A high-powered committee, set up by the Union Home Ministry, has recommended fixing the cost of an COVID-19 isolation bed in private hospitals in Delhi in the range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 and an ICU bed with ventilator at Rs 15,000-Rs 18,000 per day, the Home Ministry said on Friday.
The committee, under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member V K Paul, was constituted on Sunday to ensure the availability of 60 per cent beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of coronavirus testing and treatment.
“The committee has recommended Rs 8000-10000, 13000-15000 & 15000-18000 including PPE costs for isolation bed, ICUs without & with ventilator respectively to all hospitals as compared to the current charges of Rs 24000-25000, 34000-43000 & 44000-54000 (excluding PPE cost),” a Home Ministry spokesperson said in a tweet.
The Centre on Wednesday capped the price of RT-PCR test in Delhi at ₹2,400. “As per the directives of Home Minister Amit Shah in providing relief to the common man, High-level expert committee’s report on ‘COVID-19 testing rates’ received by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been further sent to Delhi Govt for necessary action. It has been decided to fix the test rate at ₹2,400,” spokesperson of Home Ministry tweeted.