The Paradox : Poor Men Heart Stents Gets Costlier!!! by new rule : Open letter to PM

Background: – Coronary stents price was reduced last month. This has led to changes in the market. Stents which were available at the lesser price used for poor patients have become expensive and off course expensive stents have become cheaper.
This is the letter I have sent to Prime minister of India. Waiting for their response.

To
Mr Narendra Modiji
Honourable Prime minister of INDIA

Respected Sir.

I am a cardiologist in Hubli (Karnataka). I want to thank you for reducing the price of coronary stents. but I want to bring to your kind notice the dynamics in the Indian market and how it is harming Indian poor patients.

Most of the stents imported from abroad were expensive and their price reduction is beneficial to our patients. At the same time, stents produced in India were cheaper, price hike happening from this new rule is harmful to our poor patients.

Coronary stent price and poor patients

Prior to the new rule, although MRP written on Indian coronary stents was very high, they were available to the hospitals at 10000 to 18000 INR, depending upon the bulk of purchase. Most cardiologists were treating poor patients with total angioplasty package at  65000 to 70000 INR (BPL and APL card holders).

By this new rule, all the stents including Indian stents even those which cost less than 18000 to the hospitals have become expensive to hospitals i.e. more than 23000 INR.

In fact, I was wishing that new rule will reduce the cost of Indian stents even further, but to the contrary, it has hiked the price.

Please look into this matter on priority as it affecting our poor patients.

Author: Dr Umesh Bilagi

MBBS, MD, DM (cardiology). I am Interventional cardiologist. Blogging is my passion. Associate professor of cardiology KIMS Hubli. Director and consultant at Tatwadarsha Hospital Hubli. Owner of Jeevan Jyoti Hospital Hubli. Mobile +91 9343403620.

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