Professional fees charged by doctors in private hospitals for consultation will be subject to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) when it is implemented from April 1. Under a new guideline from the Customs Department, the fees are not exempted from GST.
- Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas said initially they were told that healthcare will be in the "exempt" category as "they (hospitals) will not be able to claim input taxes on goods and services purchased.
- "This sounded very kind and the proper thing to do. But the devil is in the details. This became obvious and clearer to private healthcare providers only in the process of implementation and the explanation which followed," he said.
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