Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said the government is likely to fix private medical treatment fees shortly.
To this end a Private Medical Services Bill will be placed in the cabinet.
“It will be possible to place the Private Medical Service Bill 2016 in the cabinet meeting after the finalising the draft bill soon,” he said replying to a query in Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
The minister said that private health services are currently being regulated as per the Medical Practice and Private Clinics and Laboratories (Regulation) Ordinance 1982.
“If the bill is passed, it will be possible to make the health service fees time-befitting and updated,” he added.
In reply to another question, the health minister said the country faces a crisis of pharmacists.
“The number of pharmacists under A, B and C grades is inadequate. There are 11,538 registered pharmacists under A grade, while 3,008 under B grade and 77,826 under C grade in the country,” he said.
Nasim, however, said the country will get sufficient number of A grade pharmacist in the future as 12 public universities and 22 private universities have already opened a pharmacy department.