Independent Online

Friday, July 1, 2022

Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView weather by locationView market indicators

Govt and private hospitals strike deal on Covid-19 patients

With the number of coronavirus positive cases rising more steeply; public hospitals are running out of space. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

With the number of coronavirus positive cases rising more steeply; public hospitals are running out of space. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

Published Jun 8, 2020

Share

DURBAN - With the number of coronavirus positive cases rising more steeply; public hospitals are running out of space.

According to earlier reports from

“An agreement has been reached on a daily fee of up to R16,000 for Covid-19 patients that get treated in critical care beds in private hospitals,” said Anban Pillay, the health ministry's deputy director-general for national health insurance

The charge consists of the expense of utilizing the bed, paying a group of professionals to deal with the client and extra services consisting of pathology and radiology.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said: “The provincial department will then negotiate, hospital-to-hospital, where they need to place patients. There will never be a situation in which government facilities will run out of hospital beds, but the private sector has got beds – it will never happen like that. Especially when we need intensive care or high care – we’ll make sure those people get access at that kind of level.”

Share