Gandhinagar unit of Wockhardt Hospital in the city became the first private hospital in the region to begin treating Covid-19 patients from July 1. The 45-bed independent unit is 500m away from the hospital’s main building on North Ambazari Road. Several other private hospitals in Nagpur are now exploring possibilities of similar set-ups. So far, only government hospitals were treating coronavirus cases.
Treatment in private hospitals will be costly though patients have to pay as per the government-approved rates. Still, many may prefer private set-up. In fact, three patients have already been admitted in Wockhardt unit.
“We have been working on Covid hospital for 15 days. This unit is completely independent and we have made several changes in interior to comply with the needs,” said Dr Nirmal Jaiswal, specialist of critical care and internal medicine, who is a part of team treating Covid-19 patients at Wockhardt.
“We are in developing phase at present. Initially, only mild and moderate symptomatic patients will be admitted. We have all facilities including ICU. Gradually, serious patients will also be treated,” he said. In case a patient admitted in moderate condition turns serious at hospital, the team has all facilities and expertise to treat them, he added.
Health department officials stated a separate order will be released soon after which patients testing positive will get a choice of treatment in private or government hospitals. Patients who tested positive in government set-up and choose treatment in private will have to pay as per the capped rates.
The capped charges for isolation per day for the routine ward are Rs 4,000, for ICU without ventilator are Rs 7,500 while for ICU with ventilator are Rs 9,000. Those charged don’t include expenses for PPEs, interventional procedures like central line insertion, chemoport insertion, bronchoscopic procedures, biopsies, etc. Covid testing will be done as per actual cost as per directions.
Most importantly, high-end drugs like immunoglobulins, Meropenem, parenteral nutrition, Tocilizumab, etc to be charged as per MRP. On the same line, investigations like CT scan, MRI, PET scan will be charged as per hospital rates.
In government hospitals, entire treatment, tests, and medicines are free. More than 1300 patients have been treated for free and discharged till date from GMCH, IGGMCH, Aiims and Military Hospital, Kamptee.
Looking at the projected surge in the number of patients by mid-July, many patients may opt for private treatment. Directors of leading private hospitals in Nagpur told TOI they were now exploring possibilities of having similar independent units for Covid-19 patients.
Treatment in Pvt hospital:
- 45-bed unit of Wockhardt hospital in Gandhi Nagar is now a Covid
- Initially only asymptomatic, mild, and moderate cases will be admitted Soon, patients will be given option by NMC and district authorities
- Those who can afford treatment at private rates may opt for treatment here
- Patients coming from govt set-up will be served on govt restricted rates
- Those approaching directly and want pvt treatment will pay hospital rates
(With inputs from timesofindia)