CGHS Clarification on reimbursement of OPD medicine under special sanction in view of COVID-19. Directorate General of CGHS Order dated 16.04.2020.
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 16th April, 2020.
Sub: Reimbursement of OPD Medicines : Special Sanction in view of COVID-19 – Clarification
In view of the Corona Virus Disease(COVID-19), all out efforts are made by the Government to contain its impact by instituting measures at community as well as at individual level.
View: CGHS Order on Social Distancing – 9 points guidelines and protocol to be followed at CGHS Wellness Centres/ Units
2. In the spirit of above guidelines CGHS beneficiaries getting medicines for Chronic diseases have been provided an option vide Office memorandum of even number dated 27.03.2020, to purchase medicines based on the prescription held (prescribed by CGHS Medical Officers/CGHS Specialists / other Govt. Specialists / Specialist of empanelled hospital) till 30th April 2020, irrespective of Non-Availability certificate from CGHS or otherwise . However, several queries are received in the Ministry seeking clarification as to whether medicines could be procured from CGHS Wellness Centres.
View: Extension of Validity of CGHS Card in view of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Infection
3. In this regard it is clarified that while the CGHS beneficiaries have been provided an additional option to purchase medicines for treatment of chronic diseases during lockdown Period’ and claim reimbursement, the CGHS Wellness Centres are functional and medicines can be collected through CGHS Wellness Centres as per normal practice, instead of purchasing from market.