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Maharashtra to offer 100% free treatment for COVID-19 patients in private hospitals too

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said this follows complaints from residents that private hospitals are charging exorbitant fees for the treatment of COVID-19.

Published: 01st May 2020 08:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2020 06:28 PM   |  A+A-

Dharavi Medical Practitioners Association practice COVID-19 screening for residents at Dharavi in Mumbai

Dharavi Medical Practitioners Association practice COVID-19 screening for residents at Dharavi in Mumbai. (File photo| ANI)

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MUMBAI: Maharashtra has become the first state to offer 100 per cent free treatment for all COVID-19 patients, even those who are treated in private hospitals.

The state has the highest number of COVID-19 patients (10,498) and deaths (459). The Mumbai metropolitan region -- that includes Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Vasai, Virar etc --- Nagpur, Pune and Nasik are among the major hotspots in the state.

On Friday, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope announced 100 per cent free treatment to COVID-19 patients by bringing all residents of the state under the Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Health Insurance scheme. He said Maharashtra is the first state to extend such an offer for COVID-19 patients under the disaster management act and epidemic diseases act 1897.

“Earlier, we had brought 85 per cent of state under it but now the remaining 15 per cent who hold the white ration card and government officials will also be extended health insurance cover against COVID-19. This cover will be completely free of cost,” Tope clarified.

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He said this follows complaints from residents that private hospitals are charging exorbitant fees for the treatment of COVID-19.

“We got a complaint that private hospitals were charging Rs 1 lakh per day for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. We had made an agreement with General Insurance Public Sector Association (GIPSA) for Mumbai and Pune city patients. The hospitals will charge only as per government rates irrespective of the size and facilities of the ward or room. For the rest of Maharashtra, a third-party agreement will be made and the general ward rates will be charged. We have fixed a standard formats for all COVID-19 patients,” Tope said, adding this decision is binding on private hospitals.

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“Apart from COVID-19 treatment, other medical treatment and surgery will also be given under the Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Health Insurance Scheme. Earlier, 496 hospitals were included in the scheme. Now, more than 1000 private hospitals are part of it," he said.

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  • Abid ali tanwar

    How to apply mahatma joytiba fulhe insurance
    3 days ago reply
  • Hiro Chandwani

    Maharashtra should try ALMOST FREE treatment based on Naturopathy
    14 days ago reply
  • Raj

    just on paper its 100 free. its scheme setup by rich mans no one admitted patient if u dont have money. rationcards? its useless. simplly saying if u have money more than 5 lakhs then u can admitted patients to private hospitals. i faced same problem thats why i knew better.
    16 days ago reply
  • Adenwalaa

    It’s only on paper... why can’t they put it on paper the rates n eligibility and hospitals lists either online.... Hard to digest No a days who uses white ration card. Also all forms to be filled will be so complicated and in local language. Humble request to CM keep it simple. In a Pandemic no one has the patience to go through all this
    20 days ago reply
  • Shafique Siddiqui

    How to apply for Mahatma Jyotiba Phule health insurance
    20 days ago reply
  • Pradeep Sawant

    Name of private hospital which are offering free treatment on covid 19
    23 days ago reply
  • Satbir

    It this is true
    24 days ago reply
  • Milind

    First it is said 100% free treatment to all.Then u say rates as per govt.rates n then say general ward rates will be charged.I didn't understand what treatments will be charged n what is free?I am white card holder.
    24 days ago reply
  • Deena Baldota

    Appreciate CM Uddhar Thackeray's decision for free treatment for all covid19 patients.This has lessened the fear of the disease to a certain extent.Thank you.
    25 days ago reply
  • Vipul jain

    Is this for real....or just a myth.....or a promise which is never executed...
    27 days ago reply
  • Rachana Hirlekar

    Which 1000 private hospitals are covered and I am troubled with getting Mon treated and minimum estimate is 7 lakhs
    30 days ago reply
    • Neelkanth Mayekar

      Yes
      23 days ago reply
  • Kadar Khan

    Great leadership of CM Uddhavji I Congratulate SS
    1 month ago reply
    • Urmila Malhotra

      Whish hospitals are accepting patients? My son is running a high fever and needs urgent testing and treatment. Where can he go? We are in Borivli.
      23 days ago reply
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