Private hospital treatment cost go up due to protocol measur
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New Delhi: The cost of treatment across procedures in private hospitals has gone up by 10-25% with non-Covid patients being charged for personal protective equipment (PPE) used by medical staff and extra sanitization measures.

The worst-hit are those undergoing regular blood transfusions, dialysis, and chemotherapies. These patients increasingly find the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) being added to their regular treatments.

A Fortis Healthcare spokesperson said, “Overall, the costs have increased for us. Disinfection, sterilizations, infection control, setting up isolation wards, staff rotations and quarantines, responsible waste disposal and comprehensive disinfection are all essential now. Physical distancing has also increased logistics costs… However, for patients, there has been a minimal increase due to Covid testing (where required as per protocol) and PPE usage.”

While PPE is mandatory for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, the fact that 80% of them are asymptomatic has made healthcare facilities even more concerned about the safety of their healthcare workers.

What has hit the patients harder is the fact that insurance companies are increasingly not covering PPE costs for non-Covid treatment.


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Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/private-hospital-treatment-cost-go-up-due-to-protocol-measures/articleshow/75767513.cms
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