Now cancer treatment will be cheaper! Parliamentary committee suggested removal of GST on medicine, said this on disease


New Delhi: Cancer is a disease whose treatment costs millions. Now the central government is engaged in finding a solution for this. Emphasizing on making cancer treatment affordable, a Parliamentary committee on Monday suggested top government officials to remove GST on cancer drugs and take stringent measures to check prices of drugs and radiation therapy. Sources gave this information on Monday.

The committee also suggested that cancer should be kept in the category of notified disease so that its impact on the country can be assessed and steps should be taken to help the patients.

It is noteworthy that under the law, information has to be given to the government authority about the notified disease. By collecting information about this, it is easy for the authority to keep an eye on diseases.

Sources said that the members of the committee told the health ministry officials that cancer treatment in the country is very expensive and there is a dire need to control the cost of its treatment.

Top officials, including Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, on Monday appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, where the feasibility of cancer treatment was discussed.

Sources said that while discussing about GST on drugs used in cancer treatment, the committee members said that the government should explore ways to remove GST on such drugs so that its prices can be reduced and the treatment can be affordable.

The officials told the committee that the drug regulator ‘Drug Pricing Authority’ has so far fixed the prices of 86 drugs and made trade profitable in 49 drugs and the maximum retail price (MRP) of drugs used for the treatment of cancer. ) is decreased.

He said that the government wants to implement the HPV vaccine used in the treatment of cervical cancer in the country, regulatory approval has been given in this regard but the matter is under consideration.

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