The government June 8 on capped the charges of COVID-19 vaccine doses at private hospitals.
The Centre instructed private vaccination centres to not charge more than ₹780 for Covishield, ₹1,410 for Covaxin and ₹1,145 for Sputnik V jabs. The Centre said that private hospitals can charge up to ₹150 on service charges.
Fortis Healthcare welcomed the new vaccination policy, where 75 per cent of vaccines will be procured by the Centre and supplied for free to states which would mean, all adults would get free jabs in government hospitals, starting 21 June.
However, Fortis urged the government to consider a higher charge for off-site vaccination camps.
Responding to the cap on service charge, Fortis Healthcare said in a statement, “We urge the government to consider a higher charge for off-site vaccination camps to enable expanded coverage as the cap of service charge at Rs 150 will not cover additional costs incurred for off-site vaccination camps which involve costs like ambulance, transport, doctors, and other costs”.
Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr Sangita Reddy said, “Doesn’t make a very big difference for us. We were approximately charging Rs 200 over the vaccine. The PM has said Rs 150, and we will continue with the vaccination programme.”
The government asked the state governments to take strict action against private CVCs wherever instances of over-charging arise.