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Pricing Medical Care in Government Hospitals

Pricing Medical Care in Government Hospitals

Pricing Medical Care in Government Hospitals THE government of Maharashtra has introduced a fee for medical care in all district hospitals and medical college hospitals from February this yean Patients have to pay Rs 2 for an outdoor card, Rs 10 for urine, blood or sputum examination, Rs 20 for X'ray, Rs 30 for ECG, Rs 5 per day as bed charges for indoor admission and Rs 150 for a major operation. This is not a simple 'fee rise' as stated by the government because earlier there were no charges for most of the patients for any service in these institutions, except 10 paise for the OPD card. Hence all other charges are a new category of tax and the outdoor card fee has been raised by 2000 per cent.

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