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Government Hospitals Soon to Provide Free Ultrasound Tests

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The patients and attendants at the government hospitals in Uttar Pradesh will now be able to avail ultrasounds test free of cost. The government has decided to waive off user charge for the service. At present Rs 100 is charged per test.

According to media reports, the proposal has been cleared and an offical announcement will be made soon.

The state has 130 government hospitals, the financial burden on the state exchequer is expected to be Rs 11.86 crore per annum. The amount is in addition to losses incurred after making X-ray to the list of free services which cost Rs 30 per sheet.

The decision cost Rs 16 lakh per hospital per year and translated into a burden of Rs 21.51 crore per annum for 131 hospitals in UP. The cost excludes money incurred in buying x-ray sheets and maintenance of machines.

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