The Ministry of Health and Population has decided to implement the doctors’ fee ceiling from September 17.
The ministry on August 27 had set a ceiling of Rs 475 as fee for consultant doctors practising in both private and public health facilities.
As per the new ceiling , an MBBS doctor can charge a maximum of Rs 250 consultation fee while doctors with more than five years of experience will be allowed to charge up to Rs 300. Similarly, MBBS doctors with a post-graduate diploma can charge Rs 350 while the same doctors after five years of experience can charge an additional Rs 50. As for doctors with MD/MS, the fee has been set at Rs 450, and such doctors with five years’ experience can charge up to Rs 475. Also, concerned doctors have to consult patients for free if they come for a follow-up within seven days of the first visit. The fee ceiling set by the government is exclusive of Value Added Tax and other service charges. With all tax included, the highest price ceiling for consultation goes up to Rs 495.
Dr Guna Raj Lohani, chief of curative division at the ministry, said they will strictly monitor the implementation of new ceiling . The ceiling , however, will not be implemented in government hospitals’ OPD.