ANDHRA PRADESH

MIOT access card launched

Paul Robin, vice-president of Chennai-based MIOT hospitals, formally launching the access card at Tirupati on Saturday.

Paul Robin, vice-president of Chennai-based MIOT hospitals, formally launching the access card at Tirupati on Saturday.  

TIRUPATI, JULY 24. The Chennai-based Madras Institute of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, or MIOT hospitals, has formally launched a privilege card called "MIOT Access Card'' here on Saturday.

The cardholder, along with his spouse, children and parents are eligible for 25 per cent reduction on investigations and room rent and a 50 per cent reduction in doctor's fee (both consultation and surgery). Besides, the beneficiaries are eligible for free treatment for the first 24 hours for all emergencies arising out of accidents.

Launching the card for the residents of Chittoor district, the hospital's vice-president (corporate relations), Paul Robin, said that the scheme was targeted mainly at Andhra Pradesh, as around a third of the patients visiting their hospital were from the State.

Good response in Nellore

A similar launch in Nellore last week was met with an encouraging response, he maintained, adding that the next target was Cuddapah. Interestingly, the scheme is not available in Chennai.

Mr. Robin said that the hospital accords top priority to trauma care, and it was for this very reason that emergency accident rescue centres --first of its kind in the country-- were set up in Mamandur, Saram and Kathipara (Chennai), all notorious accident-prone zones in Tamil Nadu, from which a total of 1,620 victims had been saved from the jaws of death.

The scheme is available for the residents of Tirupati, Chittoor and Madanapalle in the district. The hospital also plans to have a satellite centre in the temple town to facilitate shifting of emergency cases to Chennai for further treatment.

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