‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
The Person-to-Person Scheme
The Person to Person (PTP) scheme is an opportunity for all to share in the work of CMC. There are many poor patients who come seeking medical care at CMC, Vellore. Even though the hospital seeks to minimise costs, some are not even able to pay these expenses needed for their treatment. This is where the PTP scheme comes to their aid.
Donors give money to the PTP scheme, which is used to provide small targeted grants (up to Rs 5,000 or approximately £50) to help pay the hospital bill for specific patients.
How Is the Scheme Run?
The PTP scheme is organised and implemented within the hospital. Public Relations staff help to make patients’ stay in CMC as comfortable as possible by assisting patients and their carers with any problems they have including guiding them through the settlement of their accounts.
Medical or nursing staff or social workers working in a clinical department will identify patients who cannot afford to pay their bills and who could be helped by the PTP scheme. The staff member completes a form with the patients details and sends this to the public relations office. Funds are then allocated to specific patients for whom money has been requested.
CMC bears the cost of administering the PTP programme, so every penny given goes directly to help poor patients.
Feedback to the Donor
The public relations office sends out information about the patients who have been helped by the PTP scheme to the donor whose PTP contribution helped that specific patient. This includes details about the person, what was the matter with them and what treatment they received with the help of the scheme. Donors receive patient reports from the PTP office in Vellore either by email or by post. Examples of such reports can be seen here.
Examples Where PTP Made a Difference
Stories of some people who were helped by the PTP scheme can be found here: