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Health minister: Govt to set fixed charges for private hospital services

  • Published at 08:48 pm April 15th, 2019
Health Minister Zahid Malik
File photo of Health Minister Zahid Malek Collected

The health minister also said fees for services at public hospitals are already fixed

The government is planning to fix the charges for services provided by private hospitals and health clinics, Health Minister Zahid Malik said on Monday.

"It is a complex process, but, once implemented, it will help ensure that service seekers are not cheated," he said during a press conference at the Secretariat ahead of National Health Service Week.

The health minister also said fees for services at public hospitals are already fixed.

“Private hospitals have been asked to submit a list of service fees. The government will then grade the quality of services and finalize the chart,” he said.

"It is difficult to fix the rates, but we will find a way after speaking with stakeholders," the health minister added. "We are trying to cut treatment costs."

National Health Services Week is set to be held from April 16-20. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of healthcare issues, and programs will include cleanliness drives, free medical treatment, special medical services and special outdoor services by specialist doctors, Health Minister Zahid Malik further said.