In a bid to improve healthcare infrastructure, which lays a strong foundation for an accessible and affordable healthcare delivery system, the Government is planning to introduce a rating system for hospitals.
In a first, hospitals across the country would be given gold, silver or bronze rating based on the quality of healthcare facilities they provide to patients.
At present, the accreditation system is in place which is being regulated by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). It takes a hospital around six to eight months to be accredited. The latest move would help smaller hospitals to get licences and operate in rural areas under the government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Top hospitals would get gold rating while lower rung hospitals would be given bronze.
As per an Economic Times report, instead of rejecting for accreditation, smaller hospitals would be given lower rating at a cheaper cost. It will help people to identify what facilities to expect from such hospitals. The accreditation system being planned with Quality Council of India will also bring down the accreditation cost from Rs 80,000-Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 10,000.
Top hospitals as per the performance would get gold rating while lower rung hospitals would be given bronze.
“The new system would be evidence-based self-assessment accreditation. After self-assessment, a desktop assessment would be done by QCI. This would be followed by external assessment after which a certificate would be generated. This would take 25-35 days as compared with six-eight months of NABH certification,” Dr JL Meena, general manager (hospital networking and quality assurance), NHA, was quoted as saying by the daily.