24 Hospitals That Refuse To Treat Central Government Employees under CGHS Scheme
24 hospitals that had refused to provide Cashless Treatment to Central Government employees under CGHS have been issued show cause notice and the empanelment of five hospitals has been suspended for a period of six months or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
A Press Statement was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today for the attention of the beneficiaries of CGHS. The report also cautions the employees against trusting false information that is being spread with malicious intentions, regarding Cashless Treatment in Empanelled Hospitals under Central Government Health Scheme.
The report says that only 24 hospitals have made their decisions regarding Cashless Treatment and they have all been suspended. The report adds that other than these 24 hospitals, the Central Government employees can avail the Cashless Treatment facilities in all the empanelled hospitals, as usual. The report also points out that the reserve fund to reimburse these hospitals is fast depleting.
About six months ago, a report would have been published in the leading newspapers, according to which the Association of Health Care Providers had allegedly said that they are planning to end the Cashless Treatment Service from January 2014 onwards and that they have demanded that the 3 months Package rate be revised.
It is saddening to see these hospitals play with the health of Central Government employees, the pensioners and their family members, by denying Cashless Treatment for their own personal reasons. These hospitals needed CGHS schemes in the beginning to sustain their growth. We don’t know if it is right on their part to denounce the scheme once they have established themselves.
It is being said that the Ministry has hastily called for tenders on the basis of new package rates and the deal is on the verge of finalizing.
The Central Government employees and pensioners are hoping that the Central Government Health Scheme, which has over 400 hospitals on its roll in 25 cities, continues functioning as before.