Punjab govt rolls again hike in person fees at hospitals

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31

The Punjab authorities has rolled again the choice to extend person cost in state-run hospitals.

In a information report that appeared on Sunday, The Tribune had highlighted how the cash-strapped Punjab authorities was out to “fleece” sufferers by mindlessly growing the person fees for greater than 40 providers.

For a few years, the state authorities had been charging ambulance fees Rs 5 per km, however elevated it to Rs 15 lately. Admission and OPD registration fees have been doubled to Rs 10.    

Admission fees had been elevated from Rs 25 basically ward to Rs 40.  The frequent surgical procedure fees for minor surgical procedure had risen to Rs 250 from Rs 100; for minor surgical procedure below common anaesthesia (GA), Rs 400 have been to be charged as per elevated charges.

Similarly, main surgical procedure with GA and spinal anaesthesia had been elevated from Rs 750 to Rs 1,200. And fees for particular surgical treatment have been to be Rs 1,500. 

The fees had been elevated even though the Congress had promised in its election manifesto in 2017 that if they arrive to energy, they are going to rationalise the person fees. Last time the fees have been elevated in 2013. Some frequent fees had witnessed nearly 5 to 10 occasions improve in final one decade.

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