On 8 April, representatives of more than 10,000 private hospitals across India got on a call. All office-bearers of the Associations of Healthcare Providers Indian (AHPI), none of them were in a position to pay staff their entire salary for April. With the 21-day lockdown extended for another 20 days till 3 May, and possibly more extensions in the offing, the situation only looks set to worsen.

Hospital earnings have been battered since the Covid-19 pandemic began picking up pace in India. On 22 March, an advisory from the government urged private hospitals to forego all non-emergency procedures.

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Ruhi Kandhari

Ruhi writes on the impact of healthcare policies, trends in the healthcare sector and developments on the implementation of Electronic Health Records in India. She has an M. Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

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