The latest move comes after the Ministry reported complaints over ‘prices not in line with costs for services at these hospitals’.
As such, the Health Ministry has imposed a top-tier payment of LE7,500 to LE10,000 (up to approximately $620) for patients in intensive care and who require a ventilator, and a maximum of LE1,500 to LE3,000 (up to approximately $190) for patients in isolation and not in an ICU or on a ventilator.
The Minister of Health Hala Zayed said in a statement that these prices cover the services, supplies, doctors, nursing and accommodation in full, alongside tests and x-rays.
Hospitals & Healthcare notes that increased healthcare costs related to Covid-19 are increasing elsewhere, not just in Egypt. In India, private hospitals are reportedly increasing treatment costs due to the additional PPE and sanitisation measures required for Covid-19 patients; while in Malaysia, a hospital recently received a fine for overcharging a coronavirus patient.
The vast majority of the Covid-19 patients being treated in these scenarios are foreign nationals, so are we seeing instances of private hospitals charging international patients more than local patients? It wouldn’t be the first time.