Hospitals have to bill stents separately, rules National Pha
Tightening the noose around hospitals, nursing homes and clinics performing cardiac procedures using stents, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has made it mandatory for such institutions to disclose separately the cost of the stent while billing a patient. Medical facilities, including retailers and dealers of stents, will also have to display price list of stents on a part of their premises which is easily accessible to any person wishing to consult the same.

Prices of bare metal stents have been capped at Rs 7,260, whereas both drugeluting stents (DES) and biodegradable stents will now cost Rs 29,600. The regulator, however, said the new prices will be applicable for a period of one year, unless revised by another gazette notification. A data by NPPA shows hospitals and doctors earned a huge mark up on the manufacturers' or dealers' cost, sometimes to the extent of 650%.