Centre allows cash payment of Rs 2 Lakh for Covid treatment

New Delhi: In order to provide relief amid the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, the Income Tax (I-T) department announced that hospitals and nursing homes can now accept cash payments of Rs 2 lakh or more for the treatment of coronavirus-infected patients till 31 May, 2021.

In a notification, the department said that hospitals, nursing homes, Covid care centres, or similar other medical facilities providing treatment for Coronavirus can accept cash payment of Rs 2 lakh or more after receiving valid identity proof such as PAN card or Aadhaar of the patient and the payee and the relationship between the patient and the payee by such healthcare facilities.

Families of patients who are not net savvy were hard hit as they could not pay the bills via net-banking facilities. Hospitals do not accept cheques and there are limits on debit and credit cards.

The CBDT notification covers hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, Covid care centres or similar facilities.