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Private hospitals may soon have to display treatment costs

October 8, 2012

The union health ministry is working on a plan to make it mandatory for all private hospitals to declare and display the treatment costs of different diseases. The move is aimed at checking overbilling and bringing in transparency in the healthcare sector.

“Our aim is to notify standard costs for various medical procedures such as angioplasty, coronary bypass surgery etc. We also plan to categorize hospitals based on quality of services offered and develop standard treatment costs for each category,” said Jagdish Prasad, director general of health services (DGHS).

“We will initially ask each hospital to give their treatment charges, which would help us slot these hospitals into categories,” Prasad said, adding, a standard guideline for treating conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer, is also on the anvil.

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