The Demand for Reimbursement of expenses in indoor treatment to pensioners in Non-CGHS Towns was raised in National Council JCM Meeting held on 26.6.2021 as Item No.NC-47/13/19.
The demand in brief is that some arrangements may be made to reimburse expenditure on indoor treatment of pensioners living in Non-CGHS Towns
Options for Pensioners living in Non-CGHS Areas
This issue was discussed at the last meeting of the NC. It was informed that pensioners residing in non CGHS areas have been provided the following options to avail medical facilities.
- FMA @ Rs.1000/- p.m
- Benefit of CGHS (OPD and IPD) by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS city after making the required subscription.
- Option to avail FMA for OPD treatment and CGHS for IPD treatments after making the required subscription as per CGHS guidelines. A copy of the relevant OM issued by MoHFW has been made available to Staff Side
Secretary, Ministry of Health reiterated the above provisions and further stated that since 2019, the CGHS network coverage has expanded significantly. Against the earlier 38 cities, CGHS has now been extended to seventy cities. Further, DoE has approved the proposal to set up 16 more dispensaries in cities like Panchkula, Itanagar, etc. Which will raise the number of cities with CGHS coverage to 86.
Shri K.K.N. Kutty, Member staff side stated that the present scheme is not sufficient, and either health insurance or a reimbursement scheme for pensioners in mofussil areas may be introduced.
Finally Chairman, NCJCM in his decision stated that the MoHFW May continue with the expansion programme of CGHS network and directed that the health insurance scheme and reimbursement scheme issues as requested by the staff side may be discussed with DoE to find a way forward at the earliest.