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Saturday, 20 February 2021

Kurukshetra Covid centre accuses govt of partial payment

Tribune News Service
Kurukshetra, February 19

While the state has been honouring Covid warriors for their efforts to contain the pandemic, Dr Lokendra Goyal, whose hospital was one of the Covid centres in Kurukshetra, has claimed his facility is on the verge of closure. He claims only partial payment has been made to him by the government so far.

Rs2.74 crore dues

  • Dr Lokendra Goyal claims 226 Covid patients have been treated at his Radha Krishan Hospital
  • The bill as per the Paul panel recommendations stands at Rs3.52 crore
  • He claims the govt has so far paid only Rs77.88 lakh (for 187 patients) to him and Rs2.74 cr is outstanding

Dr Goyal, who has been running Radha Krishan Hospital, claimed 226 Covid patients had been treated here and the total bill, as per the Paul committee recommendations, was around Rs 3.52 crore. "But the government has so far paid only Rs 77.88 lakh (reimbursement for 187 patients). The outstanding payment is Rs 2.74 crore. The fractional payment too was made only after I refused to treat any more patients," he said.

1,850 take first dose

Chandigarh: With 1,850 taking the first jab of Covid vaccine and 4,593 the second jab, a total of 2.32 lakh doses have been administered so far in the state. With 93 fresh cases, the state Covid tally reached 2.69 lakh with six districts recording no case on Friday. Only 813 active cases are left in the state with Mahendragarh being Covid free for the second consecutive day. TNS

"The state has accepted the Paul committee recommendations on treatment rates. In addition to this, it has ordered that if a patient is referred to any private hospital by a civil surgeon, the hospital can't charge more than the Ayushman Bharat rates. The

Paul committee rates were already maximally discounted...the Haryana Government imposed another concession. This has led to a situation where private hospitals are on the verge of closure," he said.

He has sent a representation to Haryana Home and Health Minister Anil Vij, along with senior officials of the Health Department.

Dr Goyal said though the bills raised by his hospital had been cleared, the amount released was far less than what the hospital should have received as per the prescribed rates.

"As our hospital is under the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, we should get Rs 18,000 per day for a patient on ventilator instead of 6,000 per day, Rs 15,000 per day for patient on oxygen instead of 4,800, and Rs 10,000 per day for patient not on oxygen instead of 2,400 as per the Paul committee recommendations," he said, further stating that during the treatment of Covid patients, no payment was made to him. "I had borrow money from banks, relatives and family to treat patients," he alleged.

"I met Haryana Home and Health Minister Anil Vij and he assured me that the issue would be looked into. If there is no positive response from the government, I will be forced to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court," said the doctor.

Meanwhile, Dr Sukhbir Singh, Kurukshetra Civil Surgeon, said the hospital had been raising wrong claims and had been paid as per norms.

from The Tribune

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