On the 4th of February 2019, a meeting was held in the hospital’s premise to formally launch the Dr.Arun Kurkure Initiation & Treatment Fund (AKITF) Project. It is an initiation of the Indian Cancer Society to help the patients who are unable to pay for the initial investigations.
Indian Cancer Society has been associated with the hospital since 2016 and is an integral part of the hospital’s patient support system.
According to Dr.Ravi Kannan, Director, CCHRC, inability to pay for the initial treatment has been the major bottleneck and has largely contributed to patient treatment abandonment. As per him, this project will positively impact the patient support program at the hospital. Through this project, all patients who are unable to take the investigations due to monetary constraints will be provided free of cost initial clinical evaluation. He also expressed his gratitude to ICS for this kind gesture.
To qualify for the scheme, the would-be beneficiary has to have an annual family income of less than four lakh. He/she has to bring an income certificate from the respective circle officer along with his/her Voter card / Aadhaar card, Ration card (if available) and two copies of passport photographs.