New Delhi: A panel set by Union home ministry has recommended lowering the cost of isolation beds and treatment at private hospitals in New Delhi.

As per the committee, the cost of treatment at the coronavirus-designated private hospitals for isolation beds has been fixed at Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per day. Rs 13,000-15,000 ICU daily without a ventilator, 15,000 to 18,000 daily with ICU ventilator.

Earlier, hospitals were charging Rs 24,000-25,000 for isolation ward beds per day, 34,000-43,000 for daily ICU without a ventilator, 44,000-54,000 for daily bed with ICU ventilator. The charges did not include PPE kits.

“To provide relief to the common man in Delhi, Home Minister Amit Shah constituted a committee under Member of NITI Aayog to fix rates charged by Pvt hospitals in Delhi for isolation beds, ICUs without ventilator support and ICUs with ventilator support,” Union home minister’s office tweeted.

“Committee has recommended Rs 8,000-10,000, 13,000-15,000 and 15,000-18,000 including PPE costs for isolation bed, ICUs without and with ventilator respectively to all hospitals as compared to the current charges of Rs 24,000-25,000, 34,000-43,000 and 44,000-54,000 (excluding PPE cost),” it added.

To provide relief to the common man in Delhi, home minister Amit Shah had constituted a committee under a member of NITI Aayog to fix rates charged by the private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.