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Hyderabad: Meeting the friendly neighbourhood General Practitioner (GP) or the specialist at the corporate hospital has become a very expensive affair following implementation of GST regime in Hyderabad.Almost all the corporate hospitals in the city have revised their consultation fee for GPs and speciality doctors since the start of this month.As it is, in the last one year or so, the consultation fee of doctors in nursing homes, clinics, small, medium and big corporate hospitals had seen a major revision.

Further hike in consultation fee in July has just made things more expensive for the common man.At present, almost all the corporate hospitals in Hyderabad are charging anywhere between Rs.

650 and Rs 750 for a session of consultation with the GP, while earlier it was between Rs 500 and Rs 550.

To meet a speciality doctor with a thriving practice, the consultation fee hovers between Rs 1,650 and Rs 2,300.Till a few years ago, the consultation fee of a super-speciality doctor in Hyderabad was between Rs 300 and Rs 500 and even less for a general physician.

However, in the last one year, the consultation fee was revised and hiked anywhere from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 for CT surgeons, surgical oncologists and spine surgeons.Rise anticipatedThe Indian Medical Association (IMA), Telangana, had anticipated the rise in medical bills following implementation of GST.“Healthcare is exempted from GST, which was a good decision for patients.

However, there is no exemption to hospitals because they pay tax while purchasing disposables, medicine, equipment and maintenance.

The cost is simply being passed on to customers,” explains IMA State president Dr Narasinga Reddy.Experts familiar with the issue of medical bills also blame high consultation fee of doctors on the practice of private hospitals paying doctors based on medical services.

This means that payment to the doctor also depends on the quantity or number of medical services provided to a patient and not on quality.

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