Cost Display is Absurd: Indian Medical Association

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has strongly reacted to the recent proposal of the directorate general of health services suggesting the private hospitals to declare and display the treatment costs of various diseases and most common interventional and surgical procedures. The association has termed the suggestion as absurd and impractical.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday the national IMA president Dr GK Ramchandrappa said that it is just not possible for any doctor to predict the cost of a surgical procedure and other expenses before the doctor actually does the procedure. It is possible to put up the consultation fee. “First let government do this in its own hospitals and then suggest things as absurd for private sector,” he said. He was in city to inaugurate the tenth national conference of the IMA Nagpur (NIMACON).

Private sector provides health services to almost 80% of the country’s population and government sector caters for just remaining 20%. Barring some of the big corporate sector hospitals actually most patients are treated in nursing homes and small hospitals at the cheapest cost compared to all developing Asian countries, said the IMA president.

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