'449 hospitals to provide cashless facility to the insured'

     The Government said on Saturday that 449 hospitals will provide cashless facility to the insured and also package rates for 41 Common Surgical Procedures. Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today said: "In an effort to rationalize the health insurance portfolio and provide health care at an affordable cost and at the same time help the insurer to control ever increasing cost of health care, the Public Sector General Insurance Companies have initiated the process to create a Preferred Provider Network (PPN) of hospitals in four cities i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore," he said. At present the PPN includes a network of 449 hospitals (Delhi-163, Mumbai-121, Chennai-84 and Bangalore-81) and more number of hospitals are joining the network, he informed. These hospitals provide cashless facility to the insured and package rates for 41 common surgical procedures have been fixed. These package rates would stabilize the hospitalization cost and would benefit the insured by lowering the cost of every hospitalization leaving a larger balance in the sum insured for future hospitalization. "In order to minimize inconvenience to the insured persons, effort has been made to have a geographical spread of the network hospitals," Meena said. In addition to above, the cashless facility is also available in non-PPN hospitals for emergency and trauma cases and the settlement of claim on reimbursement basis continues to be available for all hospitals, in these cities. In rest of the country, the earlier process of rendering cashless facility is still continuing, he informed.

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