Health care services
(1st July, 2012)
Scope of Exempt Service –
Health care services by a clinical establishment, an authorised medical practitioner or para-medics
Meanings and Definitions:
“health care services means any service by way of diagnosis or treatment or care for illness, injury, deformity, abnormality or pregnancy in any recognised system of medicines in India and includes services by way of transportation of the patient to and from a clinical establishment, but does not include hair transplant or cosmetic or plastic surgery, except when undertaken to restore or to reconstruct anatomy or functions of body affected due to congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, injury or trauma
“clinical establishment” means a hospital, nursing home, clinic, sanatorium or any other institution by, whatever name called, that offers services or facilities requiring diagnosis or treatment or care for illness, injury, deformity, abnormality or pregnancy in any recognised system or medicines in India, or a place established as an independent entity or a part of an establishment or carry out diagnostic or investigative services of diseases
“authorised medical practitioner” means any medical practitioner registered with any of the Councils of the recognised system of medicine and includes medical professional having the requisite qualification to practice in any recognised system of medicine as per any law for the time being in force.
(See Notification no. 25/2012 dated 20.06.2012, effective from 01.07.2012)
Clarification by the Board
(Taxation Guide – Guidance Note – 7 – Exemptions dated 20.06.2012)
“7.2.1 Are all health care services exempt?
No. only services in recognized systems of medicines in India are exempt. In terms of the Clause (h) of section 2 of the Clinical Establishments Act, 2010, the following systems of medicine are recognized systems of medicine:
♦ Any other system of medicine that may be recognized by central government
7.2.2 Who all are covered as paramedic?
Paramedics are trained health care professionals, for example nursing staff, physiotherapists, technicians, lab assistants etc. Services by them in a clinical establishment would be in the capacity of employee and not provided in independent capacity and will thus be considered as services by such clinical establishment. Similar services in independent capacity are also exempted.”