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Egypt sets financial limit on COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals

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EGYPT’S health ministry has set a fixed cost for COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals ranging from Egyptian Pound (EGP) 1,500 to 10,000 approximately 90 to 600 dollars.

The decision comes one day after the prime minister issued a directive to cap the cost of coronavirus treatment at private medical facilities to correct some “exaggerated prices.”

The ministry said the cost of one day in isolation at private hospitals will range from EGP 1,500 to 3,000 (90 to 180 dollars). Coronavirus patients in intensive care units (ICUs) will pay EGP 5,000 to 7,000 (300 to 400 dollars) per day, and patients on ventilators will pay EGP 7,500 to 10,000 (450 to 600 dollars). The prices are to cover hospital services, medical supplies, doctors’ fees, accommodation, and testing.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly had on Sunday ordered the cost of COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals be capped amidst many people taken to social media to complain the soaring cost of one day in isolation at some private medical facilities.

Madbouly directed the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement to provide hospitals with necessary medical supplies and medical staff with protective gear, in coordination with the health ministry. He instructed the officials of all relevant bodies, including supervisory authorities, to inspect hospitals on a daily basis to guarantee that all medical supplies are available and a decent service is being provided. The prime minister also directed officials to provide coronavirus patients, who are in home isolation, with the necessary drugs.

In an attempt to free up state-run isolation hospitals for critical cases, Egypt had asked COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms to isolate at home.

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