The state government issued guidelines for the Healthcare Investment Promotion Policy, 2016 to attract investment into the healthcare sector.
The health and family welfare (H&FW) department had notified the Healthcare Investment Promotion Policy 2016 November 26 last year which will remain in operation for a period of five years.
The policy was prepared for promoting private sector investment to provide quality healthcare at an affordable cost in priority districts and sub-divisions of the state.
The government has named Bolangir, Boudh, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangapur, Nuapada, Rayagada and Sonepur districts as priority district to set up hospitals by private investors. As per the guidelines, hospitals having up to 100 beds have been categorised as Grade 1 while hospitals having beds between 101 and 200 are categorised as Grade 2. For every additional 100 beds over and above 200, the hospital would qualify for the next higher grade. The incentives would also be provided as per the grade, it said.
The minimum requisite number of doctors and supporting staff for each grade will be as per the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) guidelines.
Healthcare sector investments in priority districts would accord incentives provided in the Industrial Policy Resolution 2015. Besides, the private investor would get the benefits provided in the policy, it said.
Companies can also set up hospitals as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR). “The government will provide capital subsidy on capital cost of the project only. No subsidy will be provided on capital investment made towards the cost of land, working capital and operative expenses,” the guidelines said.
The subsidy will be limited to 30 per cent of the capital investment subject to ceiling of `10 crore for Grade 1 and additional ceiling of `5 crore for each higher-grade hospital, the guidelines stated.
If any existing hospital in priority districts wants an upgrade into a multi-specialty hospital or a super specialty hospital, they would be eligible to avail incentives as per its additional capital investment.
However, the rider is that the new capacity has additional beds of at least 50 per cent of the existing capacity which will have no less than 100 beds.
Interested investors have to first get their plans approved by registered architecture or civil engineer and then submit it to the facilitation cell set up at industrial infrastructure development corporation (Idco).
The cell would then process the proposals on a purely merit basis and then send it to the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority headed by Chief Secretary which would clear the proposal within 30 days, the sources said.

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