Shaping the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme infrastructure and procedures to meet the aspirations of the ex-servicemen, Army Chief General VK Singh inaugurated the new building of ECHS polyclinic at the military station Dundahera, Gurgaon today. The polyclinic constructed at the cost of 49.07 lakh will provide quality OPD services to 22000 ECHS beneficiaries dependent on the polyclinic.
The government had recently approved establishment of 199 additional new Polyclinics along with 15 New Regional Centres. The National Capital Region which at present has six polyclinics functional will see the addition of eight more polyclinics under this expansion plan. In addition to the present polyclinic at Dundahera, Gurgaon, one additional polyclinic at Sohna Road, Gurgaon will be operationalised soon.
The ECHS was started in Apr 2003 to meet long standing demand of the Armed Forces Veterans for a comprehensive medical scheme covering all diseases modeled on the lines of CGHS. The ECHS endeavours to provide best Medicare available in the country to the Armed Forces Veterans. Today approx 11 lakh veterans have joined the scheme. Together with their dependents the beneficiary base of the scheme has crossed 34 lakhs. A total of 1355 hospitals and diagnostic centres are empanelled in the country for providing cashless treatment to the ECHS beneficiaries