The All India Institute of Medical Sciences has started the ‘AIIMS-SBI’ smart payment card for cashless payments at cash counters. Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched the facility on Monday. The center is also planning to extend the facilities in other AIIMS in the country too.
The card does away with cash payments at AIIMS Delhi for any patient services, including the canteen. A patient can deposit amount in this card, and recharge it at various points in different blocks at AIIMS.
The SBI-AIIMS Smart card is being provided free of cost to all patients and has no service charges. All patients upon admission will be issued the Smart Card. The card will be linked to the patient’s Unique Hospital Identification (UHID) number and the Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) ID issued under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). Top up and refunds from the card can be done only upon provision of a One Time Password (OTP) received on the mobile number linked
to the patient’s UHID.
Referring to the Smart Payment Card as ‘One AIIMS, One Card’, Mr Mandaviya said that funds can now be transferred easily and swiftly from across the country by anyone in case of any urgent payment-related requirement, for the patient being attended at the hospital. “Soon this will be extended to other AIIMS too,” he said.
“The AIIMS Smart Payment Card will resolve the long-pending issue of patients from far flung areas carrying cash with them to the hospital. On completion of the treatment, the remaining amount in the card will be transferred back to the patient’s account or given back in cash”, Mandaviya further said.