In a move that will ensure hassle-free payment of hospital fees, PGI will start prepaid card facility on trial basis in the next three months at two of its centres – Radiodiagnosis and Advanced Eye Centre.
The card will work just like any other prepaid card, wherein people will have an easy option of swiping the card whenever required. A patient will given an option to have a prepaid card facility, wherein a fixed amount will have to be deposited in return for a smart card. The card can be refilled again with a desired amount.
The director, PGI, had formed a committee in August last year to prepare and call for expressions of interest for starting prepaid card services. Professor A Rajwanshi, Head, Cytology Department, is the chairman of the committee.
In January, expressions of interest were called for, and on February 9, companies were asked to give a presentation on the same. Till date, as many as three parties have stepped forward.
“Our next step will be to invite tenders, and then finalise on one company. To begin with, we will start the facility at only two centres, and depending upon the response, we might extend it to other centres,” said Chetan P S Rao, Deputy Director (administration), PGI.
He added, “It will take about six months to set up the facility. However, we will try to start it on trial basis in the next two-three months. It is time-consuming as we will have to take into consideration the security features and integrate all monetary transactions with the Hospital Information System.”