Coronavirus in Karnataka: DCs raise red flag over pending bills of private hospitals | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Despite health minister K Sudhakar and his department making statements of reserving not less than 30,000 beds in private hospitals, red flags have been raised by the district commissioners in Karnataka over the pending bills from the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic, towards the private hospitals that were required to part with their beds.
However, the government is convinced that the private hospitals will part with the 50% beds as per the previous arrangement and claimed that the pendency of bills is minimal.
Earlier this week, chief secretary P Ravi Kumar held a meeting with the deputy commissioners of 30 districts to review and take stock of the Covid-19 pandemic and the required health-related measures.
At the meeting, a few DCs raised concerns over pending bills of private hospitals which had treated Covid positive patients from the government quota.
As per the sources, Mysuru DC Rohini Sindhuri Dasari said the district alone has Rs 10 crore in pending bills that need to be cleared before the administration can seek 50 per cent fresh reservation of beds to treat new Covid-19 patients.
According to Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association’s (PHANHA) president H M Prasanna, 6,000 hospitals in the state have treated around 75,000 government-referred patients during the first wave of the pandemic and over 50 per cent of the bills are pending.
“While we are not denying the beds this time around as well, as there cannot be a blackmail tactic in such times of duress, the government must realise the serious implications of the situation they have put us in,” he said.
Prasanna said a conservative estimate of pending bills is at a whopping Rs 650 crore, with the maximum brunt of dues being felt outside Bengaluru.
However, according health commissioner Dr K V Trilok Chandra, the pendency of bills is “minimal” and that 85 per cent of the bills have been cleared.

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