Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Liu Haoran Page No. : 05

India demands doctors to announce fee before treatment

“Before seeing a patient fees should be clearly displayed!” According to a report in Hindustan Times on February 8, while replying to a question on the transparency of hospital charges, India’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste said on February 7: As per the Indian Medical Council’s Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics Regulations, 2002, a physician should announce his fees before rendering service and not after the operation or treatment is under way. He further stressed that “a physician should clearly display his fees and other charges on the board of his chamber and/or the hospitals he is visiting.”

However, according to the understanding of the Indian media, his remarks did not answer the practical concern of the people— whether the government will centrally manage a cashless mode of payment for medical expenses to prevent money laundering. ▲

(Liu Haoran)

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