Published On: Sat, Mar 28th, 2020

Coronavirus: CGHS beneficiaries can purchase medicines from any pharmacy

New Delhi: In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries (chronic disease patients) need not visit their wellness centres to get their medicines and can make purchases from any pharmacy on doctor’s prescription.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

The cost of purchase will be reimbursed through a medical claim that the beneficiary can make later through their CGHS centre or their concerned government department.

“CGHS beneficiaries can buy medicines from any pharmacy till April 30 irrespective of the non availability certificate from CGHS. The objective is to ensure beneficiaries do not visit CGHS wellness centres till April 30,” the government Office Memorandum dated March 27 says.

Another Officer Order dated March 20 says that the CGHS beneficiaries (chronic disease patients) may be issued or indented medicines for three months at a time without the necessity of the beneficiary having to visit the wellness centre.

“Medicines may be issued or indented for 3 months at a time (in chronic diseases) through an authorised representative in the following special circumstances without requirement of the beneficiary himself or herself visiting wellness centre,” the Officer Order says.

Meanwhile, according to the latest update by the ministry, the total number of coronavirus positive cases in India has increased to 873.

Click here for Office Memorandum dated March 27
Click here for Office Order dated March 20


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