Kerala fixes COVID-19 diagnostics and treatment fee in private hospitals

Kerala fixes COVID-19 diagnostics and treatment fee in private hospitals

Making another first move in the country with regard to best preparation against COVID-19, the State Government of Kerala has issued an order fixing rates for COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals. The move is in the wake of the rising number of positive cases reported in the state and therefore maximising the medical infrastructure utilisation by including private sector bed capacities as well for providing care.  

As per the order, the general ward rates would be Rs 2,300 per day while the high dependency unit (HDU) would cost Rs 3,300. The ICU rates would be Rs 6,500 and an ICU with ventilator would cost a maximum of Rs 11,500. The diagnostics too have been covered under the rate standardisation. The RT-PCR test would cost Rs 2,750, while the price of antigen test has been fixed at Rs 625. Expert NAT and TrueNAT step-one and step-two tests will be available at Rs 3,000 and Rs 1,500 respectively. 

The State Health Minister K K Shailaja said that the order has been issued to all the private hospitals empanelled under the Karunya Arogya Suraksha Padhathi (KASP), a state intimated medical insurance scheme. The decision allows treatment for those patients who are beneficiaries of this scheme and those referred by the government to other private healthcare institutions, which are not under the KSAP.

The State Health Agency (SHA), which implements the KSAP, under the state health department, has released the guidelines for partnership with the private hospitals to provide COVID-19 treatment.

“Patients can seek medical care from any government or private hospitals now,” said the Minister. The state government had already set up 28 government hospitals to treat these patients exclusively, she added.

KASP was launched by the state government on April 1, 2019. Families who have enrolled in KASP would get annual insurance coverage worth Rs 5 lakh.