Naturopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda qualify as health care, exempt from GST

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Reiterating that services like Naturopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda fall under health care, a recent Authority of Advance Ruling (‘AAR’) verdict has provided parity among India’s traditional system of medicines and allopathy-based system. It also states that such ‘health care services’ rendered at clinical establishments by authorized medical professionals would be exempt from GST. The case came before the AAR, Goa, when Devaaya Ayurveda & Nature Cure Centre, a provider of treatment services to patients through Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga wanted to know if it qualifies as a clinical establishment and whether the services provided qualify to be health care services which are exempted under Central Tax (Rate). Devaaya says it provides health services for both international and Indian patients for neuro-muscular problems, post-chemotherapy, post-radiotherapy treatment, skin problems, metabolic issues like obesity, lifestyle problems and orthopedic problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis etc.

Devaaya says it has a team of doctors specialized in naturopathy, yoga and Ayurveda that conduct body composition assessment and records a detailed history of the ailment including present medication of the guests. Based on such analysis medications, diet restrictions and daily treatments are planned. The Centre added that it has an in-house pharmacy from where Ayurvedic products are dispensed for treatment. Everyday treatment and follow up treatment is done to know the progress and responsiveness for the line of treatment prescribed. After considering the legal provisions and facts of the case, the AAR held that the services provided by way of appropriate diagnosis, appropriate medicines as well as relevant consumables or implants as part of treatment under supervision of qualified doctors in its Center would qualify as clinical establishment and the services offered by it would qualify to be healthcare services.

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