Government to consider regulate in pvt hospitals

Government to consider regulate in pvt hospitals

Health Minister U T Khader in Monday said the State government will explore whether it was legally possible for the health department to regulate the rates for various medical procedures and facilities charged by private hospitals, labs, medical related units.

Replying to a query from Tara Anooradha (BJP) in the Legislative Council, Khader said it has come to the notice of the government that private hospitals were charging exorbitant rates for medical procedures and treatment.

“At present there is no provision to regulate the rates in private hospitals. We will explore whether amendments can be brought to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 to regulate the rate charged by private hospitals,” the minister said.

The Act aims at regulating private medical establishments, including diagnostic centres, health clubs and alternative medicine centres to ensure that people get quality healthcare.

The minister informed the House that as many as 3,622 private hospitals, blood banks, labs and other medical-related units have violated norms of by not displaying the rates charged for various medical procedures and facilities.

That’s not all. As many as 1,628 medical establishments have not even registered themselves which is mandatory under the provisions of the KPME Act.

Khader said his department would take steps to ensure all medical establishment are registered within three months.

He said show cause notices had been served on 709 establishments. However, there were no takers for the minister’s answer.

Tara said Khader had given a similar answer several months back but the situation remained the same.

Motorbike ambulance

To a question by Siddaraju (BJP), Khader said the government will launch “motorbike ambulance” services in Bangalore shortly.

A survey to study the traffic density in 20 wards in Bangalore had been completed for the purpose.

Motorbikes could manoeuvre through narrow and busy roads and reach accident spots faster and shift the victim to the  nearest hospital, the minister said.

The project, to be funded under National Urban Health Mission, would be launched as a pilot project in Bangalore and extended to other cities in phases.

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