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Consumers can now pay less for medical services

Consumers of private medical services should pay less after the VAT reduction which came into effect on 1 January 2016, the Consumer Council of Fiji said. In a statement, the council CEO Premila Kumar urged the public to be vigilant when visiting a private doctor, dentist, optician, or when paying for diagnostic or laboratory tests such as […]

Staff Writers

January 20, 2016 11:44 am

Consumers of private medical services should pay less after the VAT reduction which came into effect on 1 January 2016, the Consumer Council of Fiji said.

Consumers can now pay less on medical charges. Photo: fijione.tv
Consumers can now pay less on medical charges. Photo: fijione.tv

In a statement, the council CEO Premila Kumar urged the public to be vigilant when visiting a private doctor, dentist, optician, or when paying for diagnostic or laboratory tests such as blood test, x-ray or ultrasound.

The council also reminds all private doctors, dentists and medical clinic operators who are registered for VAT with Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority (FRCA) to adjust their fees and charges to match the new 9 per cent VAT rate.

Health services are crucial and it can be costly, hence, consumers must gain through a drop in prices of the services offered by public or private hospitals/centre or clinics.

Therefore, the onus is now on the medical service providers who are registered for VAT to get themselves organised and embrace the transformation taking place in the country’s taxation system by passing the benefit to the public.

The council said people must lodge complaints with them, the Fiji Commerce Commission or the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority (FIRCA) if they find there is no change in what they are charged.

The 6% VAT reduction reflects in all fees/charges, covering consultation fees to securing medical examination certificates to extracting a tooth and to other medical services provided by the private medical practitioners.

The reduction of VAT also affects the services provided by privately owned medical facilities, the council said.

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