The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has asked health insurance companies to take action against such hospitals in their network that are refusing to give cashless facilities to Covid patients. IRDA gave this instruction after the reports said that many hospitals are not giving cashless facilities to health insurance customers. In addition, they are also using antibiotics excessively.
Information was tweeted by Finance Minister
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted after the news of not providing cashless facilities on behalf of network hospitals using Covid patients. She said that she had talked to IRDA chairman SC Khuntia in this regard. After this, hospitals were told by IRDA that they cannot refuse to give cashless facilities to patients. Network hospitals as well as temporary hospitals cannot refuse cashless facilities.
Hospitals accused of taking more money for treatment
There is also a complaint from insurance companies that companies are charging differently for covid treatment. These companies say that CT scans are also being used much more in India than in other developed countries. Health insurance companies also say that patients are getting admitted to hospitals out of fear, but hospitals are taking charge of single occupancy rooms by keeping many patients in the same room. With this, the average claim amount is increasing to Rs 1.40 lakh. Whereas last year this amount was 1.30 lakh rupees. IRDA has said that if there is a problem in getting the cashless claim, then they can mail it to the concerned authorities.