Dhaka, April 15 -- The government is planning to fix the charges of services provided by private hospitals and health clinics, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said Monday.

"It's a complex process but once implemented, it'll help ensure that the service seekers aren't cheated," he told a media conference at the Secretariat ahead of the National Health Service Week.

Minister Maleque said the fees are already fixed at public hospitals. The private hospitals have been asked to submit a list of service fees. The government will then grade the quality of services and finalise the chart.

"It's difficult to fix the rates . [but] we'll find out a way after talks with the stakeholders," he said, adding, "We're trying to cut the treatment costs." ...