All 32 general insurers will now follow up with private hospitals for using the council’s pricing for Covid-19 packages in a bid to end disputes over charges that are causing hardship to patients.
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As per the new rates, which are to be reviewed every month, network partner hospitals cannot charge more than Rs 15,000 for ICU with ventilator care in metros and not more than Rs 11,250 in non-metros.
Likewise, caps of Rs 8,000 have been set for isolation beds, Rs 5,000 for body storage, etc. Rates have also been fixed for investigations like blood sugar levels, X-ray, and ECG.
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The GI Council is an association of insurers, which has the backing of the insurance regulator.