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Patients Pay Fees Via SMS

In Education & Science, Life on February 22, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

Now, this definitely looks interesting…

Patients who have to see their doctor in a certain Prague hospital can pay for the visit via a special-rate SMS from their cell phones. The thirty-crown one-off fee that was introduced as a part of the new healthcare reform is usually paid in cash in doctors’ offices to the nurse on duty. In this hospital the patient just sends the SMS and he gets a confirmation code in return which he or she then gives the nurse. She just types it in the patient’s evidence file and that’s it.

The fee is 30 crowns and in the Czech Republic we only have COINS in the value of 10 CZK, 20 CZK and 50 CZK** so people who want to see their doctor have to remember to have the change before they go because noone will exchange their big bills in the hospital. Well, there might be exceptions…

**) To be exact, there are 50 CZK bills but rarely used…

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