Corona patients without health insurance, will get a discount on the price of medicines in private hospitals

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Besides, the bed charges in those private hospitals in the state will also be charged at the price fixed by the government, the representatives of the hospitals said.

Corona patients undergoing treatment at private hospitals will get a discount on the price of medicines and other essentials (‌MRP) without health insurance. An official of the West Bengal government said this on Saturday. However, retired Justice Asim Kumar Banerjee, chairman of the state health regulatory commission, said the exemption did not apply to corona patients who have personal or corporate insurance.

Earlier, it was reported by various private hospitals that some medicines have such low margins that it is not possible to give discounts. With that in mind, the chairman of the state health regulatory commission sent a list of those drugs from the hospitals. He said in an advisory to the commission last week that corona patients would have to give a 10 per cent discount on medicines bought from hospital pharmacies and a 20 per cent discount on other essentials.

Representatives of private hospitals under the Association of Hospitals of Eastern India met with the Health Commission on Friday. The meeting discussed the advisory of the commission. Apart from the discount on medicines, bed charges in those private hospitals in the state will also be charged at the price fixed by the government, the representatives of the hospitals said. However, even in this case, corona patients should not have health insurance.