The Karnataka government has allowed private medical facilities to expand capacity by establishing outgoing hospitals in cooperation with hotels / hostels.
The idea of the ‘outpatient hospital’ is that these will be care centers for patients with Covid-19, said Jawaid Akhtar, additional secretary general of Karnataka, Department of Health and Family Protection.
The ‘outgoing hospitals’ model is advised based on the idea that an identified site is located in the immediate vicinity (within 500 mts) of an existing hospital caring for covid-19 patients.
Akhtar further said: “As the state has witnessed a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, the government has ordered the establishment of three-tier Covid-19 patient care systems for mild, moderate and severe cases, but the rapid wave of cases requires a system of optimal bed use, together with an increase in the number of beds in different categories. ”
The order determined the costs of outgoing hospitals based on the category.
Economy / budget hotel ₹ 8,000 (daily maximum ceiling), 3-star hotel ₹ 10,000 and 5-star hotel ₹ 12,000.
Retreating hospitals may establish private medical institutions that are registered under the KPME (Law on Private Medical Institutions in Karnataka).
Hospitals should inform the agreed number of beds in the hotel to the District Health and Family Protection / Chief Health Officer-BBMP concerned.
The responsibility of these centers would be to care for patients who will be carefully monitored, given prescribed medications, conduct necessary investigations and support the addition of oxygen, the statement said.