Five-star Covid hotels can't charge more than Rs 5K per person
Updated Jun 17, 2020
On June 10, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had informed Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal that five and four-star hotels have been linked to big hospitals with an upper price cap of Rs 10,000 per day per bed.
Eight hotels have been converted into extended Covid-19 facilities in a bid to ramp up the number of beds for patients amid a spurt in infections. The hotels would provide beds, housekeeping, food as well as medical services.
In an order, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Padmini Singla said, "The hotel shall provide hotel services including rooms, housekeeping, disinfection and food for the patients at the price not greater than Rs 5,000 for five-star hotels and Rs 4,000 for four and three-star hotels per day per person."
The linked hospitals should be paid an amount, not greater than Rs 5,000 per patient per day for their medical services to Covid-19 patients, inclusive of all consumables, services of doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and nursing staff etc., as per the norms.
However, investigation charges, if any, shall be charged by the linked hospital as per scheduled rates, and for oxygen support, the linked hospital is allowed to charge at Rs 2,000 per bed per day basis, the order said.
The medical services provided by the attached hospital at their facility will be charged at their respective scheduled rates, the order said. All charges shall be collected by the linked hospital, which makes payment to the hotel, it had stated.
Further, the linked hospital may accommodate their doctors and staff at the hotel at their own expense, if required, the order added.
Rooms in the luxury Taj Mansingh Hotel in Lutyens' Delhi will be placed at the disposal of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) for using it as an attached Covid-19 facility.
Apart from Taj Mansingh, the Delhi government has also converted five other hotels into temporary medical stations and they have been attached with various hospitals in the national capital.
Hotel Crowne Plaza is attached to Batra Hospital, Hotel Surya to Holy Family Hospital, Hotel Siddharth to B.L. Kapoor Hospital, Hotel Jivitesh to Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital and Hotel Sheraton has been attached to Max Super Specialty Hospital.
Hotels-hospitals are being attached after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the number of Covid-19 cases is likely to touch 5.5 lakh in the national capital by the end of July and there would be a need of 80,000 beds in Delhi.