Inflation has hit a vital lifeline. A unit of blood will be costlier by Rs 100 at Jamshedpur Blood Bank from September 1, thanks to rise in cost of kits and overhead expenses.
Whole blood and packed cells, currently available for Rs 500 per unit, will carry a price tag of Rs 600 each from next month.
But, there is no hike in cost per unit for platelet concentrate, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate. Platelet concentrate costs Rs 500 while fresh frozen plasma comes for 200. Cryoprecipitate costs Rs 400.
We are forced to hike cost of whole blood and packed cells due to rise in cost of different kits, consumables, petroleum products, maintenance of equipment and other overhead expenses. Nearly 7,000 units are supplied to thalassaemia and haemophilia patients free of cost, which also jacks up the overall expenses, said blood bank co-ordinator Rajnish Kumar.
He added that the ceiling price maximum rate fixed by National Blood Transfusion Council for whole blood and packed cells in the year 2008 was Rs 850 per unit. It means a blood bank in India has the liberty to charge up to Rs 850. We have hiked prices to the bare minimum so that it still stays affordable, he said.