Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has brought 80 per cent of beds in all private hospitals across the state under its purview till August 31 this year.
Brought into force by an order passed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the government will now regulate the usage of private hospital bed capacity and has also capped the prices of treatments that can be billed to patients.
Hospitals are allowed to charge their own rates in the remaining 20 percent beds. With 41,642 Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra accounts for a third of all cases in India.
The decision comes days after Mumbai-based Nanavati Hospital faced severe criticism after it billed Rs 16 lakh for a 15-day treatment of a Covid-19 patient. The patient later died. The hospital was also accused of charging patients Rs 8,000-9,800 for a PPE unit, almost 10 times the procurement price.