CGHS consultation Fee – Doctors demand more

Doctors demand revised CGHS consultation rates – Minimum charges for the consultation with MBBS qualification – Rs. 500, for MD/DNB qualification – Rs. 750 and for DM/MCH/DNB super-speciality – Rs. 1,000.

Doctors across India, after a general body meeting held earlier this week, have argued that consultation charges under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) are extremely low and demanded their urgent revision. They noted that it had been unanimously decided that the minimum charges for the consultation for those with MBBS qualification should be Rs. 500, for MD/DNB qualification Rs. 750 and for DM/MCH/DNB super-speciality Rs.1,000.

After a general body meeting of the Hospitals and Clinical Establishments Board, National Medical Forum held earlier this week, the doctors said: “Rs. 300 as indoor consultation and Rs. 150 as outdoor consultation are an insult to the professionals who are accepting this meagre amount. The schemes of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and Delhi Arogya Kosh call for a further discount of 20% on these rates.”

The doctors noted that it had been unanimously decided that the minimum charges for the consultation for those with MBBS qualification should be Rs. 500, for MD/DNB qualification Rs. 750 and for DM/MCH/DNB super-speciality Rs. 1,000.

“Patients pay for autowala more when they come to see a doctor than the doctor himself. With Rs. 150 per consultation and that too delayed payments under the CGHS scheme, many disgruntled super-specialists are refusing to see patients. Ultimately, patient service is hampered,” said Prem Aggarwal, president National Medical Forum.

Source: thehindu

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