OPD, indoor patients kept out of GST purview: Expert

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Nagpur: Aimed at sensitizing medical community of the city about Goods and Services Tax (GST), Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA) had organized a lecture of chartered accountant Kirti Agrawal on ‘GST in health care sector’ at Jaivik Hall, Orange City Hospital and Research Institute, on Saturday.

Agrawal said, “Three sections of health care — diagnosis, treatment and recovery — are exempted from GST. Outpatient and inpatient departments have been kept out of GST purview, but medicines are taxable if a tax invoice is generated by the pharmacy and not if it is directed towards IPD. Diagnostic tests, medical analysis and bio-medical waste treatment are also exempted. Luxury treatments like hair transplant and cosmetic surgery, if not recommended by a doctor due to certain complication, is taxable.”

 “If services are taken from an unregistered entity, then reverse charge mechanism comes into existence and the service receiver has to pay the tax. GST is also levied on renting services with some rare exemptions,” Agrawal added.
At the outset, Dr Anup Marar, secretary, VHA, said, “Implementation of GST has brought along a lot of confusion. The lecture was intended to create awareness among hospitals and pharmaceutical enterprises about the impact of GST and measures to get accustomed to it. Through the lecture, the participants can remove misconceptions and know more about GST’s influence.”
Source :http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/opd-indoor-patients-kept-out-of-gst-purview-expert/articleshow/60353730.cms

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