Udupi, May 26: The Manipal Arogya Card Scheme 2012 was launched at Fortune Inn Valley View here on Friday May 25 by Congress MP Jayaprakash Hegde by issuing the first card to Raghuram Kulal and family.
Manipal University has instituted the Arogya Card 2012 as part of its social initiative with the objective to provide quality healthcare at affordable cost to a large section of the society. Manipal Arogya Card enables a member to avail large benefits by way of discounts on in-patient and out-patient treatment in various networked hospitals under Manipal Health Enterprises.
Speaking on the occasion, pro-chancellor of Manipal University, Dr H S Ballal said, "By paying a small sum as membership fee anybody can obtain membership and he/she will receive his investment back as concessions from just two or three usages of the card. The membership opened today and will close on July 25.
Dr Ballal said that consultations with any specialist/super specialist doctor any number of times during the year paying only 50% of consultation fee is the most attractive among the out-patient benefits of the card. 20% discount on diagnostics and laboratory investigations give considerable relief to the patient.
“There will be up to 10% rebate on medicines purchased from Hospital pharmacy with prescriptions. There is a flat 25% concession on the In Patient bill (excluding consumables) for any number of times during the year and up to 10% concession on medicines purchased from pharmacy,” he said.
Manipal Arogya Card is a unique scheme in which the discounts on treatment can be availed on pre-existing diseases as well. Manipal Arogya Card is priced at just Rs 250/- for an individual card and Rs 500/- for a family card. Family includes the card holder, spouse and children below 21 years of age (any number of children). An add-on card is also available for the parents of primary card holders under the family card scheme for Rs 100/- per parent. For renewal card, 10% discount on membership fee is offered.
Manipal University Instituted Dr T M A Pai Arogya Sevak award for the best performing agent. Dr Ramdas M Pai, Padma Bhushan, awarded the first Dr T M A Pai Arogya Sevak award nominees - Shri A N Vijendra Rao and Shri Kenchana Gowda from Davangere. Shri A N Vijendra Rao enrolled 9000 members and Shri Kenchana Gowda enrolled 5000 members during the Manipal Arogya Card scheme 2011.
Dr Ramnarayan, vice-chancellor, Manipal University honored the people who worked for enrolment under the scheme in Manipal Area.
Dr P Sripathi Rao, Dean KMC Manipal honored the people who worked for enrolment under the scheme in Mangalore Area.
Dr M V Prabhu, Dean KMC Mangalore released the Application form for the enrolment for Manipal Arogya Card 2012.
Dr (Col) R R Pulgaonkar COO and MS, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal welcomed the gathering and Dr Sunil Deshpande MS and Vice President Operations, KMC Hospitals, Mangalore proposed the vote of thanks.
Applications for the scheme is available at all networked hospitals under Manipal Health Enterprises and Syndicate Bank branches in Udupi, Mangalore, Shimoga, Uttara Kannada, Davangere, Chitradurga, Chikmagalur, Kodagu and in North Kerala - Kannur and Kasargod districts in Kerala.