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Govt to fix fees for private hospital services: Maleque

They will be divided into A, B, C categories

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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The government has taken a decision to fix fees for services provided by private hospitals throughout the country classifying them according to the quality of their services.

“Treatment expenditure has gone up due to different rates of fees in the country’s private medical centres, clinics and diagnostic centres. According to the standards, the private hospitals will be divided into A, B, C categories. Work is now underway to put them into different categories and fix the rate,” Health Minister Zahid Maleque said.

The minister came up with the statements while speaking at a meeting with owners of the private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres on ‘fixing fees for private hospital services’ at the ministry’s conference room in the capital on Thursday.

He said common people are affected as different fees are charged for same services which shouldn’t be allowed to continue. Earlier, they held another meeting on fixing fees, he said.

Laying emphasis on raising awareness about healthcare services in schools and colleges, the minister said a healthcare guideline will be formulated for students of schools and colleges.

Instructions have been given to stop setting up hospitals and clinics without following building code, he said, adding that clinics and diagnostic centers without government registration will be shut down immediately.

The health minister further said treatment administered by village doctors without government approval will be stopped as many of them prescribe antibiotics for all forms of treatment.