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Doctors demand exemption of private hospitals from GST

Doctors demand exemption of private hospitals from GST

NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has 2.7 lakh doctors under its fold, has urged the government to exempt healthcare services offered by private hospitals from the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“We welcome the government’s decision on enforcing the GST and feel that it will increase transparency and improve efficiency in the country.

“However, we feel that the GST exemption of healthcare services offered by governmental institutions should be extended to the private sector as well,” said Dr K K Aggarwal, the national president-elect of IMA.

IMA stated that exemption of GST to private sector shall result in several benefits which will include no increase in cost of healthcare being provided by the private sector, affordable healthcare services in India, eradication of any possibility of dis-incentivising future investments in the sector, among others.

At present, healthcare services provided by all types of clinical establishments are exempted from service tax under the mega exemption notification, issued in June 2012, which are strictly defined to cover diagnosis, treatment and care for illness, injury or deformity, he said.

Source: PTI
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    Dinesh Balmukund jaju May 10, 2017, 8:22 am

    It should be comes under GST but GST rate should be lowered that is 5% which is negligible for us . If it is not happens it will help to regenration of black mony

  2. Again Black Money??

  3. Exemption will help small private medical establishment to continue to provide cheaper health services which are inaccessible to poor in corporate set up

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    Aacharya Satyanarayana Patodiya December 16, 2016, 1:27 pm

    Medical profession is helping to the poor of our country. There should not be any tax on this noble profession.

  5. We are not afraid of any taxation. The medical profession is afraid of the insensitive, corrupt officials in the tax offices and a system that had never been tax payer friendly. The Tax offices can find violation in the submission of most honest tax payers. Not because they are violators, but because the rules have so much ambiguity and complexity. A simple methodology and a guarantee that a simple verification would let the hospitals sleep freely matters. Urgently!