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OPDS SHUT, SURGERIES PUT OFF: PRIVATE HOSPITALS WRITE TO FINANCE MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY FUND

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Corporate hospitals have sought an emergency relief fund that could be released through pending payments under CGHS, ECHS, exemption of GST & loan moratorium.
New Delhi: Amid a significant drop in footfall and postponement of surgeries due to coronavirus infections, corporate hospitals have reached out to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to seek an emergency relief fund “to tackle this pandemic effectively”, ThePrint has learnt.

In a letter titled “COVID-19 affecting survival of hospitals”, the corporate hospitals such as Fortis Healthcare, Max Healthcare, Medanta, Narayana Health and BLK Hospital — represented by the Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI) — have highlighted “a cash flow crunch” saying footfall has dropped by over 70 per cent due to the coronavirus fear.

They have requested an emergency relief fund that could come through release of pending payments under the government schemes such as the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).

The letter dated 27 March, a copy of which was accessed by ThePrint, also requested exemption of GST and moratorium on the loans taken by companies running the hospitals.

“To tackle this pandemic effectively and to treat large number of patients, the hospitals all across the country have to be in a state of the highest level of performance, for which the monetary compensation required for, would go a long way in ensuring this,” said the letter signed by Dr Girdhar J. Gyani, director general, AHPI.

Gyani told ThePrint approximately Rs 500 crore is pending towards various private hospitals across India.

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OPDs shut, surgeries put off: Private hospitals write to finance minister for emergency fund

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