KOCHI: Amid rising allegations of personal hospitals overcharging Coronavirus sufferers, Sunrise Hospital at Changaramkulam, Malappuram, a non-public facility, has determined to provide free Covid therapy to all walk-in sufferers for a yr.
It’s the first non-public hospital within the state to take such a call. The sufferers referred by the state authorities will likely be charged KASP charges and their therapy invoice will likely be despatched to the federal government.
The hospital has 100 beds for Covid sufferers, together with ICU, ventilators, and dialysis models too. “We’ve determined to change into 100% free Covid centre. There isn’t a billing counter within the Covid facility on the hospital. Every thing is free for the sufferers, together with meals,” stated Dr Hafeez Rahman Padiyath, founder chairman, Dawn Group of Hospitals.
Not too long ago the excessive courtroom needed to intervene as allegations of overcharging by non-public hospitals grew. Dawn Hospital was initially charging for Covid therapy till three days in the past. “So many aren’t capable of afford Covid therapy. The precise therapy may be very costly. We made sufficient cash so determined to provide it totally free for the subsequent 1 yr,” stated Dr Hafeez.
At current, there are 60 Covid sufferers admitted to the hospital, of whom few have been referred by the federal government below the state insurance coverage charges. “The choice has introduced in numerous happiness amongst all of the folks within the Covid hospital —each sufferers and employees. It’s value all the cash spend,” he stated.