Private hospitals and diagnostic centres in the district have agreed to display lists of charges collected for consultations and performing ‘minor procedures' from August 16. Doctors have resolved to follow the best practices and not to raise the banner of revolt when penal action is sought to be taken against those acting in defiance of norms.
They have agreed to give a free hand to Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu to penalise the hospitals which fail to meet the standards pertaining to availability of qualified doctors and para-medical personnel and infrastructure.
However, a suggestion by the Collector to have uniformity in consultation charges has not been agreed by doctors who contended that it is a larger issue.
At a meeting with Joint Collector A. Sarath, Government General Hospital (GGH) Superintendent D. Phanibhushan, DMHO M. Gopi Naik and APMC vice-chairman N. Kishore on Friday, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu wanted monthly returns to be submitted by doctors giving details of patients, treatment given and other related information for the purpose of periodic scrutiny.
He also instructed the DMHO, who is the registering authority under the A.P Private Medical Care Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, to furnish a list of super-specialty hospitals which charge more for consultation and investigations than the specialty and general hospitals.
Whether a hospital belongs to the super-specialty category or not has to be mentioned on the display boards.
The meeting started with the issue of uniformity in consultation charges with Mr. Ramanjaneyulu wanting the charges fixed for a mandal headquarters to be pegged at Rs. 30 instead of Rs. 40-Rs. 50 range.
Mr. Kishore replied that consultation charges were individualised throughout the country.
Uniformity of consultation charges was a complex issue.