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Updated January 4th, 2024 at 16:27 IST

'Every Drop Counts': Hospitals, Blood Banks to Now Charge Only Processing Fee for Blood

The revised guidelines specify that processing fees ranging from Rs 250 to 1,550 can be charged for blood or blood components.

Tanisha Rajput
Hospitals and blood banks can now only charge processing fees for blood as the apex drug regulator has decided to do away with all other fees to check the practice of overcharging.
Hospitals and blood banks can now only charge processing fees for blood as the apex drug regulator has decided to do away with all other fees to check the practice of overcharging. | Image:Unsplash
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In a move aimed at curbing the practice of overcharging for blood, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has mandated that hospitals and blood banks can now only charge processing fees for blood, eliminating all other charges. The decision, communicated to all states and Union Territory drugs controllers, comes with the assertion that "blood is not for sale."

Referencing the 62nd meeting of the Drugs Consultative Committee held on September 26, 2023, the DCGI's communication on December 26 highlighted the recommendation to address overcharging for blood. The opinion stressed that blood is meant for supply, not sale, and only processing costs should be borne by the blood center.

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The revised guidelines specify that processing fees ranging from Rs 250 to 1,550 can be charged for blood or blood components. The DCGI has directed states and UT drug controllers to ensure that all blood centers under their jurisdiction adhere to these new guidelines.

Official sources reveal that private hospitals previously priced a unit of blood between Rs 3,000 to Rs 8,000 in cases where there was no blood donation. For situations involving blood shortage or rare blood groups, the charges could escalate even further. The regulatory intervention aims to ensure fair and transparent practices, preventing exploitation during critical medical situations.

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 14:56 IST

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