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User charges in public hospitals: money for nothing

Editorial Team


On January 10, some opposition parties in West Bengal called a bandh opposing the hike in fees for public hospitals and related services. Charges for case papers and private rooms, had doubled, and those for X-rays and other investigations had also been hiked. All public services up to the sub-division level were asked to open an afternoon pay clinics. The morning ‘free’ OPD clinics will charge Rs 2 per patient for registration; the afternoon clinics will charge fees which will be split between doctors, technicians and the state coffers.

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