Dr Shankar Ramchandani, the “doctor of the masses and not the classes”, has opened a clinic in Burla that charges only Re 1 as fee – a nominal charge that has presented the enterprise with the title of “One Rupee” clinic.
Dr Ramchandani is an Assistant Professor at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. “I joined VIMSAR as a senior resident, and senior residents are not allowed to do private practice. Hence, I could not start the “One Rupee” clinic. But I was promoted as assistant professor recently, and as an assistant professor, I am allowed to do private practice after my duty hours and hence, I have started the clinic in a rented house now, “the doctor explained.
The rupee one concept has been established, to ensure that the patients don’t feel that they have paid nothing for treatment. “They should also think that they have paid some money for their treatment,” the excellent doctor quoted.
The long queues of patients at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research motivated Dr Ramchandani to open the clinic which has been set up at the Kachha Market in Burla, remains open to all from 7 am to 8 am and from 6 pm to 7 pm. “I have seen elderly people and people with disabilities waiting for hours for consultation with doctors in OPD. They don’t need to wait for hours and suffer at the hospital. They can come to my clinic and get a consultation at Rupee 1 only,” Dr Shankar Ramchandani said in conclusion.