Don’t refuse COVID-19 patients over insurance, Assam private hospitals told
Assam government has ordered all private hospitals and nursing homes not to deny admission to COVID-19 patients having health insurance coverage
Guwahati: The Assam government Thursday ordered all private hospitals and nursing homes not to deny admission to COVID-19 patients having health insurance coverage.
The health and family welfare department said that it has received reports of some private hospitals refusing admission to COVID-19 patients despite having medical insurance.
It referred to an order by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) in March last year that removed all hurdles in the policies and had directed that the cases should be handled expeditiously.
A Gauhati High Court order also observed that the IRDA instructions stipulated that all those having insurance cover will be given treatment by the designated hospitals.
“Therefore, it is directed that all private hospitals and nursing homes registered under the Clinical Establishment Act shall strictly abide by the order/circular issued by the IRDA while handling treatment of all COVID-19 cases reported at the hospitals through empanelled insurance companies,” the order said.
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