August 07, 2010

Insurance cos, hospitals to sort out cashless treatment issue

State-owned insurance companies and private hospitals would be meeting tomorrow to sort out the problem concerning suspension of cashless mediclaim facilities at select hospitals.

Besides representatives of six hospitals, the meeting, which is an initiative of industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), will be attended by officials of four public sector general insurance companies.

From July 1, the public sector insurance companies had taken off about 150 hospitals from the list of Preferred Provider Network (PPN) that offer cashless hospitalisation service to policy holders under the mediclaim scheme.

The four insurance companies -- New India Assurance, United India Insurance, National Insurance and Oriental Insurance -- had stopped the cashless service because of alleged over-billing by some private hospitals.

At a meeting earlier this month, the four general insurance companies had agreed to restore the facility on case-to-case basis.

Tomorrow's meeting would also discuss the restoration possibility of the cashless treatment facility.

Besides the insurance companies, the meeting would be attended by representatives of Fortis, Max Healthcare, Apollo Hospitals, Medicity, Johnson and Johnson Medical India and Hinduja National Hospital.

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