KOCHI: Aster DM Healthcare has launched Aster finance service centre across all its existing 11 hospitals and the two upcoming ones of the group in the country to provide funds for needy patients. 

Aster Easy Care has been developed in association with BajajNSE -1.92 % Fin Serve and Federal Bank to provide patient funding which can be repaid in monthly instalments (EMIs) over a period of one year. The interest cost of the loan is borne by Aster DM Healthcare. 

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Azad Moopen, founder chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare said, “Aster Financial Service Centre is launched to take care of the financial requirements of needy patients who struggle when a large amount for treatment is required. The AFSC is a single window, a hassle-free service being introduced for the first time in India. The philosophy behind starting this is to make sure that a patient who is coming to our hospitals must be treated if there is a bed or investigation slot available, through the various services offered through the centre.” 

There are authentic crowd funding platforms with whom Aster DM Healthcare has been working with, in the last five years like the Milaap, Impact Guru etc. ,to meet the needs of people who can't afford. The ease with which many deserving patients have got a significant amount through crowd funding on internet opens up an avenue for poor and needy patients to get their genuine requirement for funding being met. 

Explaining the module and process of work, Dr Harish Pillai, CEO- Aster Hospitals & Clinics, India said, “Once their financial requirement is established, the family of the patient or the patient themselves will be guided to a bouquet of unique services on offer ranging from interest free loans to innovative crowd funding options.”