Maharashtra Government Sets Fixed Rates For Treatment Of Mucormycosis

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Pune, 4th June 2021: Maharashtra has been witnessing a large number of patients with mucormycosis after recovering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

As per the directions by the Central government, the State government has included mucormycosis as an ‘epidemic disease’ under the Epidemic Diseases Act. Therefore, the State government has the power to decide the diagnoses and treatments for mucormycosis.

Against this backdrop, the State government has now taken an important decision to fix the rates for the treatment of the infection at hospitals treating mucormycosis across the State. Now, no hospital can charge more than the fixed rates. It was observed that some hospitals in the State were charging exorbitant bills for the treatment of mucormycosis. Therefore, the government’s decision to fix rates for the treatment will curb such practices.

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Rates for the treatment to be as per categories 

All the hospitals in districts, cities and villages in the State have been divided into categories. The rates for the treatment of mucormycosis will be charged according to the location of the hospital falling in these categories. Also, the orders issued by the government have clarified the maximum rate that can be charged per day will depend on the facilities being provided.

According to the order, the charges for isolation wards and facilities is Rs 4,000 per day for Category A cities, Rs 3,000 per day for Category B cities, and Rs 2,400 per day for Category C cities.

The rates only for ventilator and isolation facilities without ICU for Category A cities is Rs 7,500 per day, Rs 5,500 per day for B category cities and Rs 4,500 per day for Category C cities.

Charges for ICUs, ventilator and isolation have been set at Rs 9,000 per day for A category cities, Rs 6,700 per day for B category cities, and Rs 5,400 per day for C category cities.

Meanwhile, the orders issued by the State government also provide information on which cities or areas fall into which category.

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Category A

1. Mumbai Division (Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, Thane Municipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, Ambernath Municipal Corporation, Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Corporation, Panvel Municipal Corporation)

2. Pune Division (Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune Cantonment, Khadki Cantonment, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Dehuroad Cantonment, Dehu City)

3. Nagpur Division (Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Digdoh City, Wadi City)

Category B  

Nashik (Nashik Municipal Corporation, Eklahare, Deolali Cantonment, Bhagur Nagar Parishad), Amravati Municipal Corporation, Aurangabad (Municipal Corporation and Cantonment), Bhiwandi (Municipal Corporation and Khoni), Solapur Municipal Corporation, Kolhapur (Municipal Corporation and Gandhinagar), Vasai -Virar Municipal Corporation, Malegaon (Municipal Corporation, Dhaygaon, Daregaon, Soygaon, Dayane, Malda), Nanded Municipal Corporation, Sangli (Sangli-Miraj Kupwad Municipal Corporation, Madhavnagar)

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Category C 

All other cities, districts and parts of the State except group A and B.

A few days ago, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope had announced the decision to provide free treatment to patients with mucormycosis under the State government’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY). Accordingly, free treatment is being provided to the patients infected with mucormycosis at the hospitals falling under the MJPJAY  and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

However, given the growing number of patients being treated for mucormycosis at private hospitals, Health Minister Rajesh Tope has submitted a proposal to control charges at private hospitals for the treatment. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had approved the order and the State government has said that the notification will be applicable across the entire State from Friday (June 4) till July 31, 2021.

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