§ 71. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what fees are required of first, second and third class patients, respectively, in the public hospital in Victoria, Seychelles; and whether he will make a statement on the difference in service provided.
§ Mr. J. Amery
For medical and surgical cases only the fees are Rs. 20 per diem first class, Rs. 5 second class, and third class no charge. For maternity cases the fee is Rs. 100 first class for the first 8 days and Rs. 20 daily thereafter: Rs. 30 and Rs. 5 respectively for second class. For third class the total fee is Rs. 5 irrespective of the time spent in hospital.
There is no difference in medical or surgical attention provided for all patients but the first-class patients are accommodated in single rooms, whereas second and third class patients are in wards. The food served to first-class patients is of European type whereas second and third class food is based on local tastes.