New Delhi: In the wake of demonetisation, the Health Ministry yesterday asked states to take steps to operationalise digital payment facilities in government hospitals for patients’ convenience.
The Ministry in an advisory issued by joint secretary Manoj Jhalani said it is important that the government health facilities are fully geared up to receive user charges in a digital manner including through mobile transactions.
“Post demonetisation, it is important that our health facilities are fully geared to receive fees and user charges in a digital manner including through mobile transactions.
“You are therefore, requested to all necessary steps to operationalise such facilities of receiving digital payments in our hospitals at the earliest so that the patients are not inconvenienced,” he said in the advisory.
The advisory was sent to all the state additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries of Health.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a month back announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.
The Health Ministry sources said the advisory issued yesterday is for all the government hospitals in the states.
The government has been laying stress on digital and cashless mode of transactions.