Karnataka fixes rates for private ambulances

In the wake of private ambulances fleecing COVID-19 patients by charging exorbitant rates, the state government has fixed a maximum fare that can be charged by the ambulance service provider.

In its recent order, the Health and Family Welfare Department has said that for PTA (patient transport ambulances), a maximum rate of ₹1,500 has been fixed for the first 10 km and thereafter ₹120 for subsequent km should be charged. Waiting charges of ₹200 per hour is applicable for PTA.

For BLS (Basic Life Support Ambulance), a maximum fare of ₹2,000 fixed for the first 10 km and ₹120 per subsequent kilometre can be charged. The waiting charge of ₹250 per hour has been fixed for BLS.

As per the order maximum rate is inclusive of oxygen, ambulance equipment, PPE kit, gloves, mask shield, sanitization, driver and others.

Source – The Hindu

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