Hospital sector is on a recovery path, says ICRA

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 10, 2019 Published on July 10, 2019

The hospital sector is seeing better days ahead after more than two years of subdued performance — which was mainly due to several regulatory measures — rating agency ICRA said on Wednesday.

The tough days were triggered primarily on account of several regulatory measures, including the cap on prices of stents and knee implants by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), ICRA said in a release.

Adverse impact of the GST rollout on profitability, strict regulatory actions taken by multiple States — including restrictions on procedure rates — levying penalties and placing operational limitations on erring hospitals were other measures that impacted the sector, it added.

The performance was also impacted due to the start-up cost of new hospitals owing to significant capex by entities in the sector, and the long gestation period required for the new facilities to ramp up, the release said. “In line with our expectations, the performance of the players in the sector has likely bottomed out, after struggling for more than two years,” said Kapil Banga, Assistant Vice-President, ICRA Corporate Ratings.

Published on July 10, 2019
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