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Hospital body to clarify stand on cashless med insurance

The Association of Hospitals, which represents most private hospitals in the city, will on Wednesday clarify its stand on the issue of cashless medical insurance.

mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2010 01:19 IST
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The Association of Hospitals, which represents most private hospitals in the city, will on Wednesday clarify its stand on the issue of cashless medical insurance.

Many insurance holders had been left in the lurch as public sector insurance companies had decided to restrict cashless mediclaim policies to only those hospitals that feature in the Preferred Provider Network list drawn up by them.

This covered only 81 hospitals in Mumbai.

The public sector companies had done this saying the hospitals were billing patients higher if they came under mediclaim.

The companies want hospitals to adhere to a set of standard rates for surgeries and medicines.

“Hospitals are being asked to conduct bypass surgeries for Rs 1.8 lakh, which is not possible in a city like Mumbai,” said General Vijay Krishna, chief executive officer (CEO) of Breach Candy Hospital, who is a member of the association.

“The insurance companies are also saying they will buy equipment and medicines directly and give to them hospitals,” he added.

“This is just not practical. If we need some equipment urgently, will we have to wait till it is sent to us.”

“The insurance companies should have held a consultation with us before making such decisions. We have not been given a hearing,” he added.