Rights panel directive to CGHS
By Express News Service – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 08th July 2013
The State Human Rights Commission has directed the Director of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to include one hospital in each district in the panel of the scheme to enable all the retired employees to get the benefits of the government’s health insurance scheme.
He also directed the Director and the Central Secretary to submit the report in this regard on August 7. The direction was following a complaint filed by Leela George, a retired central government employee.
There is only one hospital in the state empanelled in the health insurance scheme, which is in the capital city. There are only three consulting centres under the scheme which are also situated here. This makes it difficult for the pensioners residing in other districts to avail the benefits of the scheme.
The retired employees became members of the scheme by paying from Rs 15,000 to 20,000. The members of the scheme also had given up their medical allowance of Rs 3,600. The Commission also directed that the facility for free treatment for the members of the health insurance scheme be made at the hospitals which are empanelled in the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.
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