Mumbai : In its bid to help identify hospitals and collect information regarding various charges imposed by them on different medical procedures, the insurance regulator Irda has started a process to provide unique identity numbers to hospitals. 

“We are working with national accreditation agencies to uniquely identify hospitals, which will involve giving them identity numbers that will be integrated with the pin code of the area and the name of hospitals.
“Once this process is over, the next step will be to see what are the charges these hospitals charge on patients for for different treatments,” Irda chairman TS Vijayan said on the sidelines of a summit organised by Indian Merchants Chamber.
He also said the regulator was collecting transactional data for health insurers, which will enable it to know how much is charged for a particular disease or a procedure by one hospital versus another.
Lack of data in the medical insurance segment has led to instances where hospitals have charged irrational amounts from patients with medical cover. Most of the time, the money charged for the same procedure in one hospital is different from another.

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