Mumbai: The Association of Hospitals
(AOH), an umbrella organisation of mainly private hospitals,
today sought government intervention to resolve the deadlock
over cash-less treatment.
"The Government must step-in to resolve the deadlock over
the cash-less medical insurance issue between the hospitals
and insurance companies," AOH President and Jaslok Hospital`s
Chief Executive Officer Manesh Masand told reporters here.
AOH claims a representation of around 56 hospitals,
including Breach Candy, Leelavati, Hinduja and Bombay
Hospital, across the city.
Masand said it was important to break the deadlock and
arrive at some mutually accepted formula over the issue at the
earliest as `no one else but only patients were suffering due
to the stand-off."
"I must tell you that our occupancy (hospital beds) is
full. Only the patients are suffering due to this unilateral
decision of the insurance companies," he said.
Many insurance holders had been left in the lurch as
public sector insurance companies had decided to restrict
cash-less mediclaim policies to only those hospitals that
feature in the Preferred Provider Network list drawn-up by
The public sector insurance companies have alleged that
the hospitals were charging more from patients if they came
under mediclaim. The Association also clarified that it was not
responsible for the `situation` and termed the insurance
companies` allegations as `baseless.`
"The allegations that hospitals are billing patients
higher if they came under mediclaim are totally baseless,"
The AOH has already held one round of talks with the
representatives of the General Insurance Public Sector
Association (GIPSA) over the issue yesterday, he said,
adding "we will be holding talks tomorrow as well."
The Association also demanded setting up of a panel or
committee to categorise hospitals on the basis of available
services, facility and infrastructure.