928 Hospitals join the Preferred Provider Network (PPN) to provide cashless facility
With a view to provide quality health care at an affordable cost and at the same time help the insured to optimally utilize the Sum Insured under their Insurance Policies, the Preferred Provider Network (PPN) was an initiative launched by the four Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs) on 1st July, 2010. The objective of the initiative was rationalization of empanelment of hospitals and standardization of rates for specified procedures. Though many hospitals agreed to join the Network to provide cashless facility, there were others who initially had some reservations in joining the same. However, after negotiations all issues were sorted out.
The initial launch of PPN was in the four major cities of Delhi, Mumbai Chennai & Bangalore. The success achieved in these four cities encouraged the PSGICs to extend the initiative to Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh (including Jallandar, Ambala & Mohali) in May, 2011 and subsequently to Kolkata in January, 2012.
Presently, 928 hospitals have joined the PPN Network in the country viz: Delhi-188, Mumbai-165, Bangalore-122, Chennai-125, Ahemdabad-91, Hyderabad-87, Chandigarh (including Jallandar, Ambala and Mohali)-87 and Kolkata-63.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha