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Punjab Government warns private hospitals against overcharging

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19

Taking a note of overcharging by some private hospitals and labs for the treatment and test of Covid-19, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu today instructed the civil surgeons to ensure all such services to be availed as per capped rates decided by the Punjab Government. If anyone found violating the instructions, immediate action would be taken against them under the Epidemic Disease Act, he warned.

The minister said all government health centres were offering the test and treatment free of cost. To check profiteering by private hospitals, the government had fixed rates in July, he said.

It has been brought to his notice that even now, some private hospitals had been charging exorbitantly from patients, he said, adding that he appealed to the managements of private hospitals to serve the humanity for the sake of safe future of the country during this tough time and stop fleecing patients.

The Health Minister said for getting tested in government hospitals no prescription from a doctor was required and those testing positive and were asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic need not be admitted to hospitals and could opt for home isolation, if they had the facilities.

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