These past few weeks, I’ve faced the dilemma of putting forth a worrisome point at such a crucial time. But ultimately I couldn’t resist writing because along with being a doctor, I’m also the Executive Director at my hospital and have the responsibility to take care of escalating expenses within the organisation.
Hospitals run on the revenue coming in from OPDs, IPDs, surgeries, etc. but we’re all aware that the COVID situation has caused numbers to reduce drastically. In fact, because of this, the entire hospital’s revenue has taken a big hit. Add to this is the additional burden of expenses related to COVID (in the form of PPEs, etc.)
However, expenses still cannot be reduced significantly. With the progress of the disease, a swift recovery from the situation looks questionable. If this continues for another month, meeting expenses might be difficult for new establishments like us
It’s my genuine request to all to understand my dilemma. As a doctor, I feel sad talking about finances rather than focusing on treatment for my patients. Although as the head of the organisation, I have no other option but to raise this point.
As a new establishment, meeting our expenses is completely based on revenue generated from patients. Thus, this situation is not only important from a healthcare perspective but financial one as well
I’d like to take this opportunity to request the Government of India to help the private hospital sector deal with this financially critical phase. I have some suggestions to make which may provide a much needed financial relief.
In the end, I would like to conclude that this is a very serious and crucial phase for mankind and as a healthcare worker, I feel proud that I am able to serve humanity. If the government extends support to the private hospital sector, we would be able to contribute more aggressively to deal with the pandemic situation of COVID.
“Together we can, together we will!”