Medical facilities available to ESM & their families through ECHS will be improved. It is planned to bring it at par with CGHS by extending the facilities of private hospitals available to CGHS beneficieries to the ECHS beneficieries.
According to the sources in the MOD, principle decision on this issue has already has been taken. After the implementation of 7 CPC, decision on the med.facilities too will be taken in the near future. Even though ECHS beneficieries are entitled for med.facilities at private hospitals under certain circumstances, yet ESM face difficulties in getting admission in private hospitals.
Therefore, a CGHS model will be applied in such cases. CGHS provides admission facilities according to one's designation. Besides, the grade of payment for ECHS is also very less. According to the sources in the MOD, CGHS pattern will be applied to ECHS also. The proposal will be sanctioned very soon.
News item from Hindi Daily 'HINDUSTAN'(Delhi Ed.) Dt 9.5.201