The Bengal chapter of the IMA has gone one step ahead by appealing to doctors to give 25 percent discount in pathological tests too.

The IMA with an 86-year-old history behind it took the unusual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of voting.

"We want to raise awareness about the importance of voting. So we have made this appeal to all our 1,700 local branches spread across 29 states to give the rebate to patients," said IMA secretary general Narendra Saini.

Saini said the association was also in the process of sending text messages to all its member-doctors informing them of the rebate.

"Some branches in northern India have said that they will offer 50 percent rebate on doctor's fees. We are getting a good response from the doctors and our associations," he said.

National joint secretary Shantanu Sen said that they had decided to increase the time-frame to two weeks and also appealed to all pathological clinics to offer 25 percent discount on all tests.

In Bengal, the IMA has 17,000 doctors as its members.

"If the parents vote, their children will also get a discount on fees when visiting child specialists or pathological labs," Sen said.

When asked how the IMA will know that the doctors are actually giving discounts, Saini said, "We can only appeal to the conscience of the doctors to be a part in the cause."

Even if 25 to 40 percent of IMA members responded to the appeal, it would be deemed as having set an example, Sen said.


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