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Pay more for treatment at Punjab Government hospitals

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29

The cash-strapped Punjab Government is out to squeeze more from patients amid the Covid pandemic, with the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) increasing user charges for more than 40 services in government-run hospitals.

As per the order, ambulance charges have been increased to Rs 15 per km from Rs 5 per km that the government had been charging for many years. While OPD registration charges have been doubled to Rs 10, in case of general ward, admission charges have gone up from Rs 25 to Rs 40 and bed charges from Rs 30 to Rs 40. The common surgery charges for a minor surgery have been hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 250. If the surgery is done under general anaesthesia (GA), the new charges will be 400. In case of a major surgery with GA and spinal anaesthesia, patients will be charged Rs 1,200 against Rs 750 earlier. The charges for keeping a body in mortuary have been fixed at Rs 100 a day.

Calls to PHSC Chairman Amardeep Singh Cheema for comment went unanswered. Principal Secretary (Health) Hussan Lal said he was "not aware of the decision".

The increase comes even as the Congress in its 2017 manifesto had promised rationalising the user charges.

from The Tribune

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