PUNE: Private hospitals empanelled under the central government health scheme (CGHS) nationwide are up in arms against a revision that mandates them to price implants at 60% of MRP and give a minimum discount of 20% on prices of medicines and consumables.
The directorate of CGHS, under the health ministry, has asked private hospitals to submit an acceptance letter on the new norms by December 31.
There are around 14.8 lakh CGHS card-holders in the country with 42.1lakh beneficiaries overall.
Hospital administrators said they plan to protest the discounts, which they said can put them under substantial financial stress.
“The revision is impractical and unsustainable. We will meet health minister Mansukh Mandaviya to discuss the matter,” said Delhi-based Girdhar Gyani, president of the Association of Healthcare Providers India , representing 21,000 private hospitals across India. As per him, most major CGHS-empanelled private hospitals have decided not to give the letter of acceptance.