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No GST on food served by hospitals to in-patients

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The GST will not be charged on the cost of served to patients by hospitals as advised by doctors, the has said.

However, patients not admitted will have to pay on the total value of served by the

In a set of FAQs, the also clarified that no (GST) would be levied on services provided by senior doctors/consultants/ technicians hired by the hospitals as these are covered under

The FAQ said that supplied to in-patients are not separately taxable as they form part of composite supply of healthcare, which is exempt under the GST.

"supplied to in-patients as advised by the doctor/nutritionists is a part of composite supply of healthcare and not separately taxable. Other supplies of by a to patients (not admitted) or their attendants or visitors are taxable," it said.

As per GST law, have been defined to include any service by way of diagnosis or treatment or care for illness, injury, deformity, abnormality or pregnancy in any recognised system of medicine in

"The entire amount charged by them (hospitals) from the patients, including the retention money and the fee/payments made to the doctors etc, is towards the provided by the hospitals to the patients and is exempt (from GST)," the FAQ said.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 16:35 IST