Mumbai: Getting treatment at BMC hospitals to soon become costlier for patients

In a move which will affect a patient’s monetary budget, the BMC is trying hard to clear a proposal in which it wants to hike treatment cost for patients. In this proposal, it has proposed a hike in civic-run hospitals by 35 percent for those from outside and 20 percent for Mumbai residents.

According to a report in Indian Express, rates will be hiked in all 16 BMC-run main and peripheral hospitals across the city. The civic body proposes to increase overall cost for patients in its hospitals by 20-25 percent (especially cost of tests like MRI and CT scan), citing a huge difference between expenditure and revenue earned.

The leader of opposition in the BMC and Congress corporator Ravi Raja told the leading daily, “It is a known fact that those coming to civic hospitals come from economically backward class or are poor. Increasing rates by 35 percent for those coming from outside Mumbai will make medical treatment unaffordable for them. We opposed it when it was first put forth at the BMC party group leaders meeting and we will oppose it when it is tabled at the standing committee.”

The civic health department has revealed that, in 2016-17, 45 percent of the patients in civic-run hospitals come from outside Mumbai. But the BMC only receives 6-7 percent of the total spending on healthcare facilities.

A senior official from the civic health department told Indian Express, “The proposal to hike rates has come up after 17 years. There is an urgent need for the administration to do so as there has been a huge difference between expenditure and revenue generated. The move will help us in generating revenue enough for us to upgrade facilities at civic-run hospitals.”

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