Nagpur: Recently Vidarbha Hospital Association office bearers Dr. Anup Marar- Secretary and Dr. Sameer Paltewar- Treasurer met Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister- Maharashtra and apprised him about the increased various taxes, water and electricity charges which is directly affecting the incoming needy patients in hospitals. The increasing taxes, water, electricity, waste disposal, advance general waste, fire taxes & charges get transferred to cost of patient and incoming patients only have to bear the brunt.
It was contemplated that since Private hospitals render 80% of health care delivery; it would be prudent that private health care sector and State government proactively address these concerns wherein a realistic review of the tariff, terms and conditions of various government schemes may be done so that many genuine ethical players can join hands with government. VHA requested that priority sector code & charges therein instead of commercial charges may be made applicable to private hospitals as Health care sector is included under essential services act.
Prominently present on this occasion were Vishwas Pathak, Technical Advisor to Energy Minister and Director-MSEBHL/MSPGCL/MSEDCL/ MSETCL who conveyed the problems faced by state government in maintaining breakeven of income and expenses in context to energy usage. Chandrashekar Bawankule, Energy & Excise Minister- Maharashtra and Nagpur Guardian Minister who had also been apprised by VHA of these issues had supportively assured to have a detailed discussion in presence of CM on these critical areas and search for a via media.
Chief Minister complimented efforts of Vidarbha Hospitals Association in raising pertinent issues affecting medical fraternity and coming ahead with not only problems but also rational solutions with an open mind.