West Bengal caps medical test charges for private labs, hospitals
Kolkata: Through a recent order, the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) has capped the charges for 5 radiological tests and 15 pathological tests to put a check on very high and irrational rates.
The order to this effect was passed by the health panel in wake of complaints of high investigation charges, especially from Covid-19 patients throughout the pandemic.
With the latest price fixation, the rates of radiological tests have been capped in the range of Rs 400 to Rs 11000, while the charges for pathological tests will now range between Rs 450 to Rs 4000.
It has been further made mandatory for all private hospitals with more than 150 beds to follow rates fixed.
As per the order, "This capping of the rates will be applicable to the CEs having more than 150 sanctioned beds with the condition that such hospital will not enhance the rates immediately if the present rates being charged by them are lower than the rates suggested above as the purpose of this order is to rationalize and lower the high charges."