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Private hospitals shall be notified by the respective district collectors as to which category the government has classified them and shall remain so until further review and revision based on the evolving circumstances, said the Andhra government.

The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare has established a web portal that would enable the district collectors to monitor the number of beds available in all government and private hospitals of A and B category, allocation of beds, their utilisation, deployment of human resources.

How will the allocation of beds happen?

While data on availability of beds in category A exclusive Covid hospitals is available with district collectors, the category B hospitals with more than 70 beds capacity have to earmark a floor or a block or a ward to treat the Covid-19 cases and inform the district collector about the number of beds available.

How will the government ensure all of them receive treatment?

The government has also fixed rates for treatment at all the hospitals so that patients are not over-charged. While beneficiaries under the Aarogyasi Scheme can avail free treatment which the government will reimburse the hospitals, those hospitals not empanelled under Aarogyasri Scheme can charge the patients as per the rates fixed by the government. The per day charges for non-critical Covid-19 treatment has been fixed at Rs 3,250; Rs 5,480 per day for ICU bed without ventilator and without NIV; Rs 5,980 per day for ICU with NIV; Rs 9,580 per ICU bed with ventilator.