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Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviyalaunched the AIIMS-SBI Smart Payment Card. The AIIMS-SBI Smart Payment Card will ensure hassle free payments for treatment in AIIMS New Delhi.

What is One Nation, One AIIMS, One Card?

  • AIIMS Smart Payment Card will resolve the long pending issue of patients from far flung areas carrying cash with them to the hospital.
  • Referring to the Smart Payment Card as ‘One AIIMS, One Card’, the Union Minister added 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 AIIMS, New Delhi.
  • In near future the services of these cards will be extended across all the AIIMS in the country.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with regards to implementation of the SBI- AIIMS New Delhi Smart card system was also signed.
  • 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 & 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. This will help prevent frauds and theft.
  • If a patient loses the card, a replacement will be provided to the patient free of cost and balance (if any) will be transferred to the replacement card.
  • The card once issued will be valid for a period of five years.
  • All transactions done using this card are linked to the E-Hospital functional at AIIMS.
  • Reconciliation of all financial transactions can be done by the Finance Division, AIIMS owing to the two-way integration between AIIMS & the bank.
  • In addition to using cash for top-up, top up can also be done from anywhere through online modalities, credit/ debit card and can be done by any relative/ friend for the patient.