New By-Laws for Karachi Private Hospitals

CDGK forms by-laws to upgrade hospitals

* Registration fee proposed to be Rs 15,000 to Rs 100,000 annually

* 90-day period set for obtaining registration


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


THE city government’s health department formed by-laws for the growth of private hospitals and health products. This establishment has taken place for the first time in the history of the local government.

The by-laws aim to maintain checks and balances. Hospitals and healthcare units would be charged an annual registration fee of Rs 15,000 to Rs 60,000, according to their capacity and they would be bound to provide details of all diseases mentioned by World Health Organisation, Daily Times learnt on Friday.

The CDGK Private Hospitals and Health Product (Registration and Regulation) by-laws have been tabled in the City Council for final approval. The by-laws would come into effect on the date the resolution is passed in the council, which may be in its upcoming session on Monday.

Once these by-laws are approved all private hospitals, manufacturers and sellers of health products including body growth, height growth, sex growth, hair growth, weight reduction and nutritional supplements would be bound to acquire a registration within 90 days to avoid punishments proposed under the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898.

The health department has proposed a registration fee that would vary according to a private hospital’s bed capacity and their healthcare facilities. The hospitals with an OPD, indoor services in major medical, surgical, gynecological, and obstetrical or any other discipline including dental care would have to pay an annual fee of Rs 15,000 if they have 50 beds, Rs 30,000 if they have 50 to 100 beds and Rs 50,000 if they have over 100 beds.

The major hospitals with special care units like ICU, CCU, neonatal care units have to pay Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 annually, which would also vary according to the bed capacity.

Hospitals having specific disciplines such as eye, ENT, cardiac care and gynecology would have to pay Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 per annum, which would vary from a 50 to above 100 bed capacity.

The department has also covered all medical institutions with teaching or training facilities given to medical and para-medical students. These would pay an annual fee from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 varying on the bed capacity. Healthcare units such as clinics that provide only OPD services with or without minor surgery facilities would pay Rs 10,000 annually as registration fee.

The health department has also covered private diagnostic auxiliary (pathological laboratory, X-ray, MRI, CT Scan, ultrasound and blood bank) and proposed that their annual fee be from Rs 40,000 to Rs 75,000.

Health product manufacturing companies including those that manufacture products for body growth, height growth, sex growth, hair growth, weight reduction and nutritional supplements, and use print and electronic media, moveable vehicles like taxis, buses, private vans with illuminated screens and cable service for advertisements would pay Rs 50,000 to Rs 10,0000.

The proposal of the by-laws submitted in the council clearly states that no medical institute or health unit would be registered unless the applicant submits a site plan approved by the KBCA, ample parking space for staff and visitors, emergency exits in case of fire, sufficient number of fire fighting equipment in each room with a certificate from the fire department and other measures of the kind that would be checked by the health department officials without prior notices.

The by-laws also suggest that all solid medical waste should be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous and also say that it would be the responsibility of the hospital to dispose the waste at their own expense.

– Published in Daily Times | Nov 15, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on November 15, 2008.

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