West Bengal hospitals oppose Govt order fixing medical test charges, seek clarity on price cap
Kolkata: Strongly opposing the order by West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) to cap charges on 5 radiological and 15 pathological tests at all corporate hospitals having 150 beds and above, the the Association of Hospitals of Eastern India (AHEI) has decided to write to the Commission seeking a clarification on the price cap.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that WBCERC had 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. However, the price cap did not go down well with many private hospitals and they questioned the unilateral price cap for all the patients.