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Doctors express urgent need to make medical equipment in India

Coimbatore: Doctors have expressed an urgent need to make medical equipment in India since import of medical equipment not only invites a severe import duty but also heavy maintenance charges thus making treatment using them expensive.

Almost 80% of the medical equipment used in hospitals is being imported, said doctors while speaking at the first FICCI TANCARE meet held here on Tuesday, reports ToI.

“The duty on imported machines ranges anywhere between 0% and 20% which is huge. Maintenance cost for an imported machine worth Rs 5-6 crore is between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh,” said Dr Nalla G Palaniswami. “This makes treatment prohibitively expensive,” he added.

G S K Velu, FICCI’s healthcare panel convener and managing director of Trivitron Healthcare, said medical equipment worth Rs 40,000 crore is bought every year. “However, hardly Rs 5,000 crore of that equipment is bought from Indian companies,” he said.

“Even simple equipment like glucometers, ECG machines, X-ray machines, MRI machines and angiography machines are imported,” he added.

“There is doubt about the quality and longevity of Indian manufactured equipment. This should be dispelled,” said Dr K G Bhakthavathsalam, chairman, K G Hospitals.

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