The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) urged hospitals not to discriminate between patients having cash and cashless policies while treating Covid-19 cases. It also asked insurers to see to it that cashless services are available for Covid-19 patients who are insured.Also Read - Made Honest Efforts to Build India of The Dreams of Bapu & Sardar Patel: PM Modi in Rajkot | LIVE

The IRDA missive comes amid reports that some families of Covid-19 patients were allegedly forced to opt for cash payment for settling hospital bills despite having cashless insurance policies. Also Read - Delhi Witnesses Marginal Dip in Covid Numbers, Registers 403 Fresh Cases; Positivity Rate Stands At 1.76%

“We have requested the hospitals not to discriminate between cash and cashless patients. We have written to the insurers as well, urging them to make sure that the agreement between the companies and hospitals is honoured. Also Read - Hyderabad's Fish Prasadam Cancelled For Third Time in Row

“I am sure these difficulties will be addressed,” IRDA Member (Life), K Ganesh, said, during a virtual interactive session with the Merchants” Chamber of Commerce.

An official of a city hospital said some issues regarding insurance claims of COVID-19 patients have come up due to shortage of staff amid the pandemic, and delay in receiving the settlement amount.