Pune: Health Minister Rajesh Tope has asked the district administration to file cases against private hospitals who refuse to abide by the billing norms issued by the government. "Collect Rs 500 as a penalty if any hospital is found overcharging patients by Rs 100, and file cases if these hospitals do not listen despite warnings," Tope has said.
Tope also assured that the government is taking steps to address the shortage of hospital beds in certain areas or cities. Tope said, "Maharashtra has done a commendable job of COVID-19 management in the country. Two officers have been appointed to ensure that private hospitals will reserve 80 per cent of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients and auditors are also appointed to pre-verify the bills issued to patients'. If the hospital issues an inflated bill, it is an unpardonable offence. In such cases, the Municipal Commissioner and District Collector should visit such hospitals and warn them."
Tope said, "Private hospitals have announced packages for COVID-19 treatment. I have instructed the District Collector that if any private hospital charges Rs 100 extra from any patient, then the local administration should recover Rs 500 from the hospital as a penalty. If they don't abide by the norms despite warnings, then file a case against them. The number of COVID-19 patients has increased in Pune city for now, but I am confident that it will soon decline."
Availability of hospital beds is not a problem in Pune now. We will soon increase the oxygenate beds count to 4000 along with a substantial increase in the ICU beds numbers too. Now lockdown is past, let's unlock now. We have to learn to live with Covid-19 for at least a few months and follow all social distancing and other hygiene-related norms.
Tope said, "Ganeshotsav is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Pune, but this time due to Covid-19, Ganeshotsav should be celebrated with simplicity and as per the norms set by the administration."
Pawar family is an ideal family
Commenting on Parth Pawar's controversy Tope said, "Parth Pawar is my friend. Pawar family is an ideal family. It is a temporary subject which can be solved through discussion. I have spoken to Parth on this issue."