Indian Medical Association (the only representative, national voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine, which looks after the interest of doctors as well as the well being of the community at large) has requested the government to exempt healthcare services provided by private hospitals.
There plea resides on the fact that healthcare services by government institutions does not attract GST as per proposed structure.
“However, we feel that the GST exemption of healthcare services offered by governmental institutions should be extended to the private sector as well,” said Dr K K Aggarwal, the national president-elect of IMA.
Plea also stressed on the advantages of this move which included anti-inflationary and thus, affordable healthcare services.
At present, healthcare services provided by all types of clinical establishments are exempted from service tax under the mega exemption notification, issued in June 2012, which are strictly defined to cover diagnosis, treatment and care for illness, injury or deformity, he said.