Covid-19 surge: Maharashtra govt extends 80:20 scheme till May-end | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: With the surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra and the resulting rise in the number of hospitalisations, the public health department has extended the 80:20 scheme till the end of May.
The scheme, which was first notified in May last year, allows the state to control 80 per cent of the Covid-19 beds in private hospitals and even regulate the prices.
The scheme, which is now under litigation, is being extended for the fourth time.
Principal health secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas on Saturday issued an order saying the scheme would be in effect till May 31, 2021 as the state is witnessing a recent surge in new Covid cases in various parts of the state.
The state, on May 21 2020, had assumed control of 80 per cent of beds in private hospitals.
After the initial scheme lapsed on August 31, the government tweaked it for Mumbai hospitals by bringing down control of non-Covid beds from 80 per cent to 50 per cent, whereas for the rest of the state it continued to control 80 per cent of Covid and non-Covid beds.
The Maharashtra government has won widespread praise for its 80:20 scheme and capping of hospitalization rates.
These have often been identified as the best public health measures adopted in times of pandemic to reduce the stress on the masses.

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