Odisha Government shuts State-sponsored, Privately-managed COVID-19 Hospitals
In a measure to better the finances of the state treasury, the Odisha government has de-listed all the private COVID-19 hospitals with whom the state had entered into a public-private partnership at the peak of the crisis. The decision will be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1 and has been made taking into consideration the declining number of cases in the state.
Additional Chief Secretary-Health (ACS-health) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said that two hospitals—SUM and Aditya Aswini— will continue to dispense COVID-19 related treatment and services till 31st March. To this effect, he has written to the District Collectors and municipal commissioners to re-deploy the manpower in government-run COVID hospitals until further orders. The rest of the thirty-one hospitals leased earlier, stand closed. While there will be no new admissions in the hospitals closed, they will continue to provide treatment to the already-admitted patients till they are discharged.
The government had inked MoUs with several private hospitals to reimburse the costs incurred by the hospital management, which ranged from Rs 1200 to Rs 3000 per day for general beds and Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,000 for ICU including costs of consumables, diagnostic tests and medicines.
“The technical committee on Covid-19 management had recommended shutting down of the privately managed facilities as these are no more needed. At the same time, 30 government Covid hospitals will continue to run and will be strengthened further,” Mohapatra said.
Other private hospitals may continue to admit patients, but they will no longer be reimbursed by the government for the treatment provided and shall have to charge the patients at rates capped by the government.