New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), to help financially weak patients, has decided to launch its new policy 'Adopt a Patient'.
AIIMS, which is visited approximately by 8,000 to 10,000 patients daily, has now decided to seek public donations for such patients. The adoption scheme, officials say, will fill the gap between demand and supply in donations for AIIMS patients.
Two lakh patients are admitted to AIIMS every year. Of these, 30%-40% are poor who cannot pay for simple surgical procedure. There have been instances where patients have been abandoned by their families as they do not have the means to continue treatment or rehabilitate the patients at home.
On June 3, AIIMS did a trial run of the Adopt a Patient program and within two hours it had received donations worth Rs 14,000.
At present, AIIMS provides financial aid to the poor from the relief funds of the President, PM, CM, and funds from health ministry and private trusts in addition to discretionary grants. But that is not enough.
As per government records, from 2009 to 2014, AIIMS provided financial aid to 7,007 financially weak patients using grants.