As many as 125 hospitals and nursing homes as- sociated with Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) will stop cashless insurance facilities to government insurance companies from January 15, the association announced. It took the decision after hospitals and government insurance companies failed to come to an understanding over disputed issues.

AHNA president Dr Bharat Gadhvi said, that there are a lot of discrepancies in the working of the four government insurance companies of United, Oriental, National and New Insurance. This has led to problems the hospitals, doctors as well as patients.

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The way these insurance companies work is outdated and obsolete. We have frequently requested them to revise charges of hospitals and doctors but no steps have been taken. They even fail to consider charges of doctors on seniority basis. We have represented the issue to finance ministry, IRDA and the four companies repeatedly.

AHNA vice president Dr Anish Chandrana said, Government insurance companies have ap pointed a TPA (Third Party Administrator) which increases the problems for the hospitals and patients instead of reducing them. The TPA shows it is doing a good job, cuts and reduces patient’s bills. This leads to disputes between hospitals and patients and patients get unnecessarily troubled. AHNA has 125 member hospitals in the city and all of them will discontinue the cashless services to government health insurance companies, AHNA secretary Dr Viren Shah told.

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