Govt to fix service fees at private hospitals: Health Minister

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Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said the government will fix health service fees of private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers to bring a discipline in the health sector.

“A powerful committee will be formed at the quickest possible time… the government will start fixation process of all sorts of health service fees of private hospitals after submission report of this committee,” he told a meeting at the health ministry here, an official release added.

Maleque said the private hospitals will be divided into different categories on the basis of overall healthcare standard to fix medical fees properly.

Secretary of Health Service Division Md Abdul Mannan, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, President of Bangladesh Private Medical College Association Mubin Khan, senior officials and physicians, among others were present at the meeting.

The health ministry sources said since the first detection of coronavirus patients in month of March this year, the government has taken various effective measures including recruitment of doctors, nurses and medical technologists to fight the deadly virus.

When almost the entire world is struggling to control coronavirus situation, Bangladesh has been able to contain the outbreak of coronavirus, it added.

It also said Bangladesh witnessed lower COVID-19 fatality rate as the government has taken multiple preventive measures to deal with the pandemic.

Bangladesh has been lauded globally as the government is effectively handling the coronavirus with 1.43 percent death rate from the deadly disease, the ministry added.

The government has taken all necessary preparations including financial capabilities to collect effective and safe vaccine soon after COVID-19 vaccine development by any company in the world.