Govt to fix service charge for private hospitals: Maleque

BSS, Dhaka

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said the government has taken initiatives to fix medical service charges for private hospitals to make healthcare cost affordable for all.

“Out-pocket expenditure is gradually increasing as most private hospitals are charging very high from service seekers…. Service will be fixed on the basis of standard of different private hospitals,” he told a meeting on “Incorporating private sector in healthcare facilities” at his ministry, an official release said.

Describing various reasons for the increase of out-pocket expenditure, the health minister said other key reasons for higher medical cost include taking medical treatment from abroad, dependency on private hospitals and price hike of medicines.