In the meeting of the GST Council, it has been decided that from now onwards GST will also be levied in the medical sector. And the state government is worried about it. This is expected to increase costs in the healthcare sector. The state fears that GST may indirectly affect healthcare in the health sector. So the state government is worried.
At present, about 2 crore 32 lakh families are getting the benefit of Health Partner Card. That number is also rising again. In such a situation, the state government has fixed an expenditure of Rs 2.5 crore for the health partner this year. However, the state government fears that the GST will cost the health partner an additional Rs 120 crore to Rs 125 crore.
In the recent meeting of the GST Council, it was decided that 5% GST will be levied on more than 5,000 cabin rentals and 12% on medical waste management, excluding ICUs. This will indirectly affect the health partner, feel state health officials.
However, the state government had objected to the imposition of GST in this manner. According to the state, GST will impose a new tax burden on the health sector due to rising prices of daily necessities. State Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said, “This will put the tax burden on the common man. In the matter of daily needs and treatment, we have been opposing such measures from the very beginning. On the other hand, the state has already started taking advantage of the health partner project in many cases. Information has been given in case of treatment in Vellore, in Vellore only those cases which are not possible in Bengal can be treated in Vellore. Only then you will get the benefit of Health Partner Card.