Order soon to make hospitals display rate charts: Khader

The government will soon issue an order to make 10,912 private hospitals in the State display charts showing how much they charge for consultation and medical procedures, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader has said.

Responding to a question raised by BJP member Y A Narayanswamy in the Legislative Council on Monday, the minister said his department would take strict action against hospitals that did not comply with the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2009.

“Different hospitals can quote different rates based on their infrastructure and facilities provided to patients. But all these rates must be displayed. We will take action against hospitals that do not fall in line,” he said.

When asked about what happened to the 260 notices issued to errant hospitals, Khader fumbled for words but said he would get back to the member with the proper response.
In a separate response to Congress MLC, A V Gayathri Shanthegowda, Khader said his department had called for 100 Ayush practitioners, eight Unani, 22 homoeopathy and 144 yoga and naturopathy doctors.

Besides, through the Karnataka Public Service Commission, the department has also requested for recruitment of staff nurses. It also called for directrecruitment of medical officers.

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