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Reg, renewal fees to rise from next fiscal

Staff Correspondent     20 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

In a bid to mobilise more revenue from private health sector, the government has raised registration and annual renewal fees for private medical colleges, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres, with effect from 2018-19 fiscal year.

 Following a proposal, the finance ministry has re-fixed the new registration and annual renewal fees for the country’s  private health facilities. The health ministry has also issued a circular in this regard on September 4, sources at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

According to the circular, the registration and annual renewal fees for private health service providers have been increased by up to 50 times to Tk 2.5 lakh. The existing registration and annual renewal fees have been  fixed at only Tk 5,000 for each private hospital and Tk 1000 for each private diagnostic centre.

Talking to the daily sun, Kazi Jahangir Hossain, DGHS Director (Hospitals and Clinics), said earlier, the registration and annual renewal fees for the private health service providers were almost the same under a single category while in the new circular the fees have been re-fixed by categorising those.

The registration and annual renewal fees for private medical college hospitals located anywhere of the country have been increased to Tk 2.5 lakh from the existing Tk 5,000, the new circular of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The fees have been fixed based on categories for the private health service providers, including hospitals, clinics, diagnostics centres and blood banks, and the fees will vary from area to area and depend on bed numbers too.

The registration and annual renewal fees for 250-bed hospitals in divisions and city corporations have been increased to Tk 200,000 from the existing Tk 5,000 while 10-50-bed hospital has to pay Tk 50,000, each 51-100-bed hospital has to pay Tk 1,00,000 and each 101-249-bed hospital has to pay Tk 1,50,000.

The registration and annual renewal fees for 250-bed hospitals in district level have been increased to Tk 1.5 lakh from existing Tk 5,000 while 10-50-bed hospital has to pay Tk 40,000, each 51-100-bed hospital has to pay Tk 75,000 and each 101-249-bed hospital has to pay Tk 1 lakh.

The registration and annual renewal fees for 250-bed hospitals in upazila level have been increased to Tk 1 lakh from existing Tk 5,000 while 10-50 bed hospital has to pay Tk 25,000, each 51-100-bed hospital has to pay Tk 50,000 and each 101-249 bed hospital has to pay Tk 75,000.

“The circular of the new fees for registration and annual renewal of private health facilities, including medical college and hospitals, is now available on the DGHS website and it will be published for maximum publicity in news papers soon,” Kazi Jahangir Hossain said.

He, however, said the revised fees will be effective from the date of issuing of the circulation.

According to the revised amount, the fees have been increased to Tk 50,000 from Tk 1,000 for the diagnostics centres in category-A in divisional headquarters and city corporations, Tk 40,000 in district level and Tk  25,000 in upazila level.

The fees have been fixed at Tk 35,000 from Tk 1,000 for pathological centres in category-B in divisional headquarters and city corporations, Tk 25,000 in district level and Tk 20,000 for upazila level. The fees have been fixed at Tk 25,000 from Tk 1,000 for pathological centres in category-C in divisional headquarters and city corporations, Tk 20,000 in district level and Tk 15,000 for upazila level.

Fees for dental clinics those earlier paid Tk 1,000 as registration and annual renewal fees have been increased to Tk 30,000 in the divisional and city corporation level, Tk 25,000 in the district level and Tk 20,000 in the upzila level, the circular added.

The fees for the medical check up centres set up for people going abroad has been increased to Tk 1 lakh from Tk 1,000.

A DGHS official said although private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres have been growing like mushroom across the country, the existing previous fees was introduced in 1987 and remained unchanged for long.

Asked about the newly hiked registration and renewal fees, Bangladesh Private Clinic and Diagnostic Owners’ Association President Moniruzzaman Bhuiyan told the daily sun that they’ve heard about the circular. He said they will talk to the health minister to reconsider the fees.

“The new fees for registration and annual renewal for the private health services, including hospitals and clinics, are very much high. We’ve already talked to the DGHS director general and will talk to the minister to reduce it,” he added. 

Earlier, Moniruzzaman Bhuiyan said, “The authorities didn’t consult with us in this regard. But hiking the fees at an intolerable level will definitely hamper private healthcare services and many healthcare institutions might face closure for this.”

Mentioning that around 10,000 private institutions, including hospitals, have been providing health services across the country, he said the private health service providers are playing a crucial role in ensuring health services for the country’s people.

A DGHS official said the hike in registration and renewal fees will not only help generate higher revenue, but also help strengthen the implementation of the rules and regulations in the private healthcare sector.

 


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