Election fever is on, and there are various campaigns across the city to motivate voters to step out of their house and cast their votes. Taking a cue, Indian Medical Association (IMA), an umbrella body of allopathy doctors, has offered a 25% discount to patients, who vote. Any patient, who shows their inked finger is eligible for a discount. The offer will be valid for five days after casting their vote.
Dr Jayesh Lele, general secretary, IMA-Maharashtra said, “The patient who has voted and comes in for a treatment to any of our IMA member, s/he will get at least 25 % rebate on doctor's fee. All that the patient has to do is show the inked finger. The offer will be available for five days after casting the vote.”
Currently, Maharashtra has around 35,000 doctors attached to IMA. The association has already sent messages to its member-doctors informing them about the offer. The IMA members from eastern Maharashtra has already started with the dicount scheme, informed Dr Lele.
“Voting happened in eastern part of the state on April 10, and our members have already implemented the scheme. We are not forcing it upon our members but we are sure that everyone will take part in this initiative and set an example,” said Dr Lele, adding that Mumbai’s IMA branch, which has around 10,000 members will also give this benefit to their patients.
Dr Mangesh Gulwade, vice-president of IMA-Maharshtra, who practises in eastern Maharashtra, said that the offer is also extended to children whose parents have voted. “If the parents vote, their children will also get a discount on the fees when visiting child specialists or pathological labs,” said Dr Gulwade.
More than 1 crore patients are treated everyday by 2.5 lakh IMA member-doctors of the association across India.