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AIIMS move to do away with user charges below Rs 500 still in pipeline


AIIMS move to do away with user charges below Rs 500 still in pipeline

New Delhi: The proposal by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to do away with user charges on diagnostic procedures like blood tests and X-rays, which cost less than Rs 500 will take more time to become a reality.

While the institute has conducted a pilot study to justify its proposal and submitted the same to the health ministry, the administration has now sought details of the user fees charged for each tests from each department.

According to a source at AIIMS, the proposal has been submitted to Health Minister J P  Nadda but there has been no development on it, reports PTI.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that the country’s premier medical institute is planning to do away with charges on diagnostic procedures like blood tests, ultrasound and X-rays, among others which cost less than Rs 500.

A committee headed by Dr Anoop Saraya, HOD of Gastroenterology at AIIMS, constituted to review the user fee charges at the hospital have submitted its report in this regard

The committee had recommended that private ward charges should be increased to Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 per day to make up for the loss as their rates are cheaper than semi-private ward charges in corporate hospitals that can be accessed by Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) employees



Source: with agency inputs
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