Report By: Nina Rai
June 12, 2011:
On June 11, 2011, the Manipal Arogya Card Scheme 2011 was launched at the Valley View hotel, by Deputy Commissioner, Udupi Dr M.T. Reju by issuing the first card. The yearly scheme is Manipal University’s social drive to provide qualitative health care at reasonable cost to a huge segment of the society.
From June 11, 2011 to July 26, 201, the membership is open. With the Manipal Arogya Card a member will be able to avail large benefits by means of discounts on in-patient and out-patient treatment at all the networked hospitals coming under the banner of Manipal Health Enterprises.
Dr Reju lauding the scheme said that he was glad to launch the card by handing over the first card as this scheme would be helpful to the people particularly in the rural areas. He recollected his childhood days when patients from even Kerala used to come to Kasturba Hospital, Manipal for any advanced health problems of theirs.
The gathering here was earlier informed by Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor of Manipal University about the usefulness of the scheme, which could be utilized by any one just by paying Rs 250 as membership fee, for an individual and Rs 500 for children less than 21 years.
According to him, any person could obtain membership and get back the investment as concessions in only 2 or 3 usages of the card. Also under the scheme, an add-on card is available particularly for parents, those having primary card under the family card scheme for Rs 100/- per parent. 10% cent discount on membership fee is offered for renewal card.
The most attractive benefit for out patients is the consultations with any specialist or super specialist doctors, any number of times during the year by paying only 50 per cent of the consultation fee, Ballal said.
Further Dr Ballal informed “Twenty per cent discount on diagnostics and laboratory investigations give considerable relief to patients. There is a 10 per cent rebate on medicines purchased from hospital pharmacy with prescriptions. There is a flat 25 per cent concession on the in patient bill (excluding consumables) for any number of times during the year and 10 per cent concession on medicines purchased from pharmacy”.
The chief guest was felicitated by Dr K Ramnarayan, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University. The gathering was welcomed by Dr (Col) R R Pulgaonkar COO & MS, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Madhusudan Upadya, Deputy MS, KMC Hospital; Mangalore.
The total usage of the card during the Manipal Arogya Card Scheme 2010, here was about 1,75,000 times by the members at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, KMC Hospitals, Mangalore, Dr T M A Pai Hospital, Udupi and Dr T MA Pai Hospital Karkala. Rs. 10 crores was the total billing while the concession given was Rs. 3.00 crores