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Govt panel report on Covid crisis: pvt hospitals ripping off patients

Nov 21, 2020 17:10 IST

The parliamentary standing committee on health as underlined inadequate healthcare infrastructure, exorbitant fees at private facilities and 'abysmally low' spending on healthcare in its report submitted to the Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first report by any parliamentary committee on the government's handling of the pandemic. The report stated that inadequate beds in government hospitals and absence of specific guidelines for Covid treatment resulted in private hospitals charging exorbitant fees and added that a sustainable pricing model could have averted many deaths. Stating that the public had to undergo trauma and distress due to absence of a dedicated healthcare system, the committee urged the govt to to increase its investments in public healthcare.

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