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* Health Minister orders probe into private hospital charges for outpatient drugs
Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 09:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 14, Colombo: The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered an investigation to find out whether the private hospitals are passing the benefits of the reductions gazetted by the government in the prices of essential drugs, stents and eye lenses.

The Ministry of Health has received complaints from patients that they do not receive the drugs, stents and eye lenses at discounted prices at some private hospitals.

Paying attention to the patients' complaints, Health Minister, Dr. Senaratne has ordered the Director of the Private Hospital's regulatory unit, Dr Wasantha Dissanayake, today to initiate an investigation into the complaints and ask for explanations from the private hospitals that do not pass benefits to patients before canceling their registration.

The government last year reduced the prices of 48 essential drugs and the patients who are being treated at outpatient departments of the private hospitals should be given the drugs at reduced prices.

The Health Ministry on 4 August 2017 reduced the price of a bare-metal stent from Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 24,000 and the price of a drug-eluting stent from Rs. 350,000 to Rs. 100,000.

The Minister has also decided to initiate an investigation into the hospitals which did not provide information requested for the regulation of private hospitals.


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