Published On: Wed, Jun 10th, 2020

Centre warns of action against hospitals denying coronavirus treatment under CGHS

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday warned that hospitals denying coronavirus disease treatment under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) will have to face action in case of violation of the guidelines.

A CGHS wellness centre, Gurgaon

The warning follows the ministry reviewing representations from CGHS beneficiaries regarding difficulties in availing treatment at private hospitals and diagnostic centres empanelled under the scheme.

All CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are notified as COVID-Hospitals by State Governments shall provide treatment facilities to CGHS beneficiaries for all coronavirus-related treatments, the ministry said in an order on Wednesday.

According to an official release, “As per the Ministry order, all CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are notified as COVID-Hospitals by State Governments shall provide treatment facilities to CGHS beneficiaries as per the CGHS norms, for all COVID related treatments.”

“Similarly, it is directed that all the CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are not notified as COVID Hospitals shall not deny treatment facilities/admission to CGHS beneficiaries and shall charge as per CGHS norms, for all other treatments. Action shall be taken in case of violation of the guidelines,” it said.

CGHS facilities are available in 71 cities in India with beneficiaries under nine different categories. About 1,200 hospitals and 200 diagnostic centres are empanelled under the scheme, with about 500 wellness centres also associated.

The scheme has close to 3.5 million beneficiaries, with about 1.2 million cardholders, across the country.

TST

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