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Grading of Consultation Fees in Homeopathy

All over the world, homeopaths have set different criteria for charging consultation of fees. I am interested to know at what ground fees are charged. Lets see in Pakistan. In Pakistan, a good reputed homeopath charged Rs. 500 per patient on first consultation. While Regular homeopaths charged Rs. 200 per patient. There are some idiots like me which does not charge anything and also provide medicines free of cost :)

What I want to know how much you charge from the patient? What are factors which affect on consultation fees?

  • Your Academics?
  • Your Experience?
  • Your Reputation?
  • Your Locality?
  • The Facilities avilable at your Clinic?

One of my friend Rene Netter (http://homeopathyopenhouse.blogspot.com/ ) who came Pakistan and stayed with us for three months to observe how homeopathic practice is carried out in Pakistan told me that he is charging $ 40 per patient.

  • Rene is M.Sc qualified beside homeopathic graduation.
  • He has vast Experience.
  • He is a well Reputed Homeopath in the vicinity
  • Locality: I have no idea because I do not live in USA
  • Facilities: I have no idea I have not yet visited

Another question is, do you agree if Govt of Pakistan fix consultation fees for homeopaths?

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Comment by Dr. MAS on November 25, 2010 at 1:28am
In Pakistan, a code of ethics issued by the government of Pakistan does exist for homeopaths. It also says nearly the same what you have mentioned in your post although it does not fix consultation fee.
Comment by Jennifer Hautman on November 23, 2010 at 5:39pm
Dear all, this is a very interesting discussion. I have a feeling I remember reading somewhere that there is an Indian version of the hippocratic oath sworn by homeopaths who graduate in India, that includes in it somewhere something about being accessible to all regardless of income and not charging too much. Can anyone find this for me? I am based in London UK and am trying to encourage homeopaths here to be more available to all, and fight for homeopathy to expand in the National Health Service. If anyone can provide me with a link or a quote with a reference I would be very grateful. Yours sincerely,
Jenny
Comment by Dr. Girijadevi TK on June 3, 2010 at 1:32am
such a serious thing to discuss !!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Dr. MAS on March 7, 2010 at 10:43pm
Again Dear Dr. Nikhil what you are doing is wrong. You should adopt a simple and CLEAR procedure.

Fix your minimum consultation (Doctors Fee) rate what ever it is deemed fit to you. Display that fee at prominent place in the clinic. You know better then me that patients do have the concept of paying consultation fee to doctors. They all report their cases to allopathic doctors and they without any objection give them fees. So anybody that visit your clinic. He/She must have in his/her mind that they have to pay such and such fee beside medicines. Now charge the medicine according to the rate of market. If your aconite is Rs.30 in the market you may charge 30 so that patient is free to purchase that medicine from whatever place he wishes to purchase.
Comment by Dr Nikhil Kambli on March 6, 2010 at 12:18pm
@dr mas

i am not charging anything..for consultation only medicines i am charging .........only the first consultation i charge ..
my aim was to provide good authentic homeopathy and medical treatment to everyone...but i found people even try to bargain there at this minimal rate.........that is why when you started this post...i was against fixing the fees..........and hence commented......
Comment by Dr. MAS on March 6, 2010 at 12:45am
Dr Nikhil Kambli

If due to inflation, the prices are raised, you are free to charge more for the medication you are providing. But it has no link with your consultation charges. If your consultation fees is Rs. 100 and you are charging Rs. 50 for medicines. Then after hike in prices, you may charge Rs. 120 for consultation and for medicines in terms of percentage increase.
Comment by Dr. MAS on March 5, 2010 at 2:43am
Lady Rozina

In Pakistan, Govt has fixed the fee charges of allopathic and homeopathic doctors colleges. Students can study on low cost fee as compared to private sector or foriegn counteries. Only nominal administration charges are taken. Now how can a doctor can claim high consultation fee when people of Pakistan has paid in terms of taxes. Upto matric level the entire study is also free. At College level, govt provides stipend to needy and poor students just like govt paid the entire fees for me when I was in B.Sc. Also monthly stipend was also given. My all childrens are getting free of cost college education. Only I have to pay administration charges or exam fee.
Comment by Dr Nikhil Kambli on March 4, 2010 at 5:30am
@dr Mas there is a relation between fees and increasing cost of medicine if dispennsed by the doctor
when i started practice saclac was 120 rs a kilo now 360 rs nearly 3 fold rise......also globules have also increased due to rise in cost of sugar.aslo the cost of medicine if you are useing medicines like schwabe which i am using... are going up.........the place, rent ,maintainence, staff ( if present) repairs everything has shot up like anything....... simple foods, grocery , petrol everything has shot up.........
the doctor also has to survive and earn...........
the cost of running a hospital is massive ........
A student in MBBS in a private institute in india nearly spends 1.5-2.0 L per year in a pvt institute only on fees..............the books etc other expenditure is extra...... also he spends 5 1/2 years of his life + 2-3 if he wants to be post grad.........the cost of place , set up rent etc etc.......... he has already spent nearly if not more than 10.L
so if we stay back and keep less charges like ( i have done) you loose tract with the world.......
nobody is going to charge me less or i dont have have to pay less or no taxes or water or electric bills because i am a doctor..............
think about it..................!!
i am not asking people to cheat .....but expenses should be met...the patients if they are better speak good of you and if they are not speak ill......in anycase wheter you charge 1000 or 1 rs...so do our "deed in a righteous manner and with conscience and charge for it...
Comment by Dr Rozina Zaheer on March 4, 2010 at 3:44am
True Sir what you have said is very correct ,Today medicine is no longer just a noble profession it has indeed become a buissness.But then the entire medical fraternity today is a big Buissenss.Even if you are successful in imposing such a law which fixes a fee u have to look for a rectification from the root level what I mean rectification should apply even to those colleges who are giving admission on basis of a large amount of Donation n in turn producing such Doctors who are more interested in recovering that money with interest and also the Insurance companies which are actually ruling the Medical World .
In this part of the world when a Doctor joins a Big Hospital he is given a target such that you have to make three times of your salary or else you are fired .Now naturally the Doctor taxes his patients .
Im not trying to favour such Doctors but just trying to focus that everything is interconnected .Inspite of Undergoing a series of investigations from a Laboratory n when I change my Doctor Im advised to repeat the tests Becoz there is one particular laboratory which my new Doc recommends ,Why ?becoz He definitely has a connection with this Lab in some way .
New vaccines in the market have to be sold off their shelves n hence a panic wave among parents have to be created by the Drug companies n the Media.What ever the repurcussion of this is always secondary.
These are small things if compared to the above story but definitely if a change has to be brought every minor thing has to be considered.
Best I can say is if we are honest to our work n our conscience then we do justice to our profession .
Comment by Dr. MAS on March 3, 2010 at 11:06pm
Recently in "DOCTORS HOSPITAL" located in Lahore Pakistan. A little girl is expired just because of the negligency of the doctor and what was charged? you will astonish to know that a bill of 5-6 Lakh was handed over to his father.

http://lifechangeunit.blogspot.com/2009/12/case-of-imanae-malik-how...

http://blog.dawn.com/2009/12/08/more-vigilance-after-imanae/


http://imanae.co.uk/case.html
Full story is on this page...

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