ImpactGuru.com Launches #DoctorsForGood Program on National Doctors’ Day, 2018
Key highlights of #DoctorsForGood program
Builds a community of conscientious doctors who want to make healthcare accessible to all
Lets doctors help their patients get high-cost life-saving treatment with the help of crowdfunding on ImpactGuru.com
Facilitates knowledge exchange amongst top surgeons and medical practitioners from premier hospitals like Fortis, Apollo, Surya etc.
Press Release – INDIA, 30th June, 2018: ImpactGuru.com, India’s leading healthcare, nonprofit and personal cause donation crowdfunding platform, unveils a one-of-a-kind program #DoctorsForGood on National Doctors’ Day, 1st July, for medical practitioners across India. The objective behind the initiative is to provide a platform for enrolled doctors to refer patients who are in need of funds for their treatment.
In India, about 80% of the total population is not covered under any medical insurance scheme according to the National Sample Survey. Out of pocket medical expenses make up about 62% of all healthcare costs in India, as per IRDAI. Insurance doesn’t cover majority of the costs in critical cases like cancer, organ transplants or heart surgeries. Most patients are unable to get treatment due to lack of funds or bear financial debt due to a medical emergency; crowdfunding is an emerging option that comes with no payback. However, most patients aren’t aware that such an option exists.
How does the #DoctorsForGood program work?
By inviting doctors, hospitals and clinicians to be part of this initiative, the ImpactGuru team will conduct interactions in the form of webinars, newsletters or workshops to start a conversation on affordable healthcare among these experts across the country. These sessions will also educate them about how crowdfunding can help their patients access and afford quality and reliable medical services from trusted practitioners. Doctors can then pass on this information to help their patients. Doctors from any hospital or speciality can register here – www.impactguru.com/doctors-for-good
Crowdfunding has immense potential to help raise lakhs for patients when banks / NBFCs provide restricted funding due to low credit scores, need for collateral, high risk of death and default etc.
Piyush Jain, CEO and Co-Founder, ImpactGuru.com said, “We are on a mission to make healthcare accessible to all and save more lives. We have faith in the power of the ‘crowd’ that rises to the occasion to respond to the urgent needs of others. #DoctorsForGood will further strengthen our offering as we aim to build a community of 1000+ healthcare leaders and experts across the country to empower thousands of patients with the funds they need.”
Dr. Neville Solomon, Head of Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Apollo Children’s Hospital, Chennai said, “Crowdfunding should become mainstream. The more the ‘crowd’ gets acquainted by this internet-enabled philanthropic process, awareness is bound to develop. Most doctors aren’t aware that a low-cost funding option such as crowdfunding exists to help patients from lower-economic backgrounds or those who have drained their finances sustaining long-term treatments like cancer, dialysis, premature baby care etc. Once doctors are aware, they can help patients out in time of need.”
ImpactGuru.com has been able to facilitate treatment funds for over 1000 patients across the country. Patients like Riaa Kulkarni, Navin Naik, Anirudh have raised lakhs within days to pay for crucial treatments.
ImpactGuru.com, a fintech company, is India’s largest crowdfunding platform for medical expenses, personal causes and nonprofits. The company was incubated at Harvard Innovation Lab in USA in 2014. Impact Guru has offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Singapore, and San Francisco. For more information, visit our website (www.impactguru.com)
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