New Delhi – Amid rising covid-19 cases, there were inadequate beds in Government hospitals and the absence of specific guidelines for covid-19 treatment. This resulted in private hospitals charging exorbitant treatment charges from covid-19 patients. Moderate pricing model could have averted many deaths, notes the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health in its report. Ram Gopal Yadav. Chairperson of this committee submitted the report to M Venkaiah Naidu, Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President. The committee has also recommended that the Central Government should increase its investments in the public healthcare system.
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The report of the committee says:
- The healthcare expenditure in the country with a population of 1.3 billion is eextremely inadeqate. Additionally, the fragility of Indian citizens, posed a big hurdle in giving effective fight in battling against the covid-19 pandemic.
- The Government should target to spend 2.5 % of the GDP on healthcare until 2025.
- Considering the inadequate healthcare facilities and the pandemic situation, there should be better coordination between the Government and private hospitals.
- The doctors who have died in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic should be acknowledged as martyrs and their families be adequately compensated.