NABH sets up hospital standards

New Delhi, Feb 2 | Updated: Feb 3 2006, 05:30am hrs
The National Board of Hospital and Healthcare Facility Management (NABH) has come out with its finalised accreditation standards and implementation strategy.

Indian hospitals will have to pay an application fee and an annual charge for availing of NABH accreditation.

While hospitals with less than 100 beds will have to pay Rs 25,000 for application and a minimum of Rs 50,000 as the annual retainership charges, hospitals with beds between 100 to 300 will have to pay an application fee of Rs 50,000 and a three-year lump sum of Rs 4.5 lakh.

Alternatively, they may pay Rs 1.5 lakh per annum. On payment of lump sum, the hospital will get a 10% discount. For hospitals with beds upward of 300 beds, the application fee is Rs 75,000 while they will be charged Rs 2.1 lakh per year.

All contracts will be up for renewal after a three-year period when they will again have to pay the application fee.

Girdhar J Gyani, secretary general, Quality Council of India (QCI), the apex body for NABH said, We expect to be able to accredit 30 hospitals in the first year itself.

He informed that QCI has already received application from many hospitals all over the country, including Shankara Netralaya (Chennai), Moolchand Hospital (Delhi)and Ruby Hospital (Kolkata). Hospitals chains like Wockhardt and Max Healthcare have also evinced an interest into getting their facilities accredited by NABH.