No GST on food served by hospitals to in-patients

However, patients not admitted will have to pay tax on the total value of food served by the hospital.

PTI
New Delhi, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 12:22AM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 1:07AM
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The GST will not be charged on the cost of food served to patients by hospitals as advised by doctors, the government has said.

However, patients not admitted will have to pay tax on the total value of food served by the hospital.

In a set of FAQs, the Revenue Department also clarified that no Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be levied on services provided by senior doctors/consultants/ technicians hired by the hospitals as these are covered under healthcare services.

The FAQ said that food supplied to in-patients are not separately taxable as they form part of composite supply of healthcare, which is exempt under the GST.