Karachi: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has decided to introduce new service charges in all KMC-run hospitals in a bid to generate more revenue, a news source reported.
A seven-member committee recently presented a set of recommendations to this effect to Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar for approval. Previously, the Medical and Health Services Department (M&HSD) of KMC had constituted the committee to help address the financial crisis being faced by the corporation.
It reviewed the rates of services provided by KMC hospitals, and also compared rate lists with other public and private hospitals. In its proposals submitted to the City Council, the members proposed a 50-100% increase in service charges in all KMC-run health facilities.
The committee has suggested revisions to the rates list for availing health facilities such as out-patient department (OPD), surgery, laboratory tests, and private rooms.
The health institutes where KMC hopes to implement the new charges include Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases, Sobhraj Maternity Hospital, Spencer Eye Hospital, and Rafiqui Shaheed Hospital.