Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has fixed package rates for Covid-19 treatment under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS).

This came as a response from the State government after it was brought to light that a number of private hospitals were allegedly charging patients exorbitant amounts for Covid-19 treatment.

As per the government’s statement, all linked hospitals can charge up to Rs.5000 per day for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms in the general ward.

It clarified that the rates for private hospitals would be released by the end of the day. However, no statement was put out as of print time.

As per the statement, all empanelled hospitals have been categorised as A1, A2, A3 and A4. For A1 and A2 hospitals, for ICU with all facilities, they can charge Rs 10,000- Rs 15,000.

For A3 and A4 categories, Rs 9000- Rs 13500 can be charged for ICU with all facilities.

Further, the government stated that 25% of beds in authorised private hospitals should be allocated for treatment of Covid-19 under the health insurance scheme.

It went on to add that people who are covered under the CM health insurance scheme can avail cashless treatment. And went on to say that if hospitals overcharge, their recognition to treat under the TN CM health insurance scheme would be cancelled.

This comes after Tamil Nadu reported 1384 cases of Coronavirus on Thursday. This constitutes the highest ever single day spike so far. This takes the total tally of cases to 27,256 in the State.

As many as 1072 of the cases on Thursday were from Chennai. With 18,693 cases so far, Chennai is the worst affected district in the State.

As many as 585 patients were discharged and 12 new Covid-19 deaths were reported on Thursday taking the total recoveries to 14,901 with 220 deaths.

The State has seen a huge spike in cases since the government made a decision to ease the lockdown norms as part of ‘Unlock 1.0’

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