To avoid unnecessary arguments over loose change, the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has exempted patients from OPD ward of paying charges for two days i.e.10 and 11 November. The institution has also exempted patients from test charges up to Rs 500. However, this is despite the government’s order, which states that hospitals can accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. PM Narendra Modi banned the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes from Tuesday. But as per the institution, this step has been taken to avoid causing inconvenience to the patients as well as the hospital staff.
In a written order it has said that OPD card charges of Rs 10 per patient shall not be charged from walk-in patients from November 10-11. “It is further ordered that all charges for clinical services for out-patients where the cumulative billing per transaction per patient is less than Rs 500 shall not be charged for November 10-11,” the order said.
AIIMS has also expressed inability to deliver lower denominations currency notes. “The order is being issued to cope with liquidity shortages of lower denominations available with AIIMS and to avoid any inconvenience to patients,” regretted order.
However, two toll-free phone numbers are being circulated on social media saying, “If petrol pump owner and hospital refuse to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, so you can make a complaint against them on 1-888-762-8835 and 1-800-524-8697.