20 May 2023

CGHS Beneficiaries To Get Cashless Treatment Facilities At 6 AIIMS At Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur, Rishikesh.

New Delhi: Cashless treatment facilities will now be available to all Central Government Health Scheme or CGHS beneficiaries (serving and pensioners) at 6 AIIMS located at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh. 

This decision was taken on Saturday, as Memorandum of Agreement were signed between these six AIIMS and CGHS, Union Health Ministry, in the presence of Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary.

The beneficiaries under the CGHS are referred to Government hospitals and private hospitals empanelled under CGHS for indoor treatment. CGHS pensioners and other entitled categories of CGHS beneficiaries are eligible for cashless facilities at empanelled hospitals. 

Patient care facilities available at 6 fully functional AIIMS at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh shall be extended to the CGHS beneficiaries on cashless basis. 

No hassle of first making payments and then seeking reimbursements

It will be particularly beneficial for the senior citizens (retired pensioner beneficiaries of CGHS) who find it difficult to submit individual reimbursement claims and follow up approvals. The CGHS beneficiaries will have the advantage of accessing state of art treatment facilities available in these AIIMS, without the hassle of first making payments and then seeking reimbursements from CGHS. 

This initiative will save time, reduce paperwork and also delays in settlement of individual claims. Till now, CGHS pensioner beneficiaries, availing treatment at AIIMS, are required to first make payment and claim reimbursement later from CGHS.

Admission of the CGHS beneficiary shall be made only against production of valid CGHS Beneficiary ID Card for the treatment at AIIMS.

AIIMS shall create a separate Help Desk and a separate accounting system for CGHS beneficiaries.  

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan lauded this development stating “CGHS is a significant service-oriented vertical of the Health Ministry through which existing and retired employees can avail medical services.”

Govt to expand number of hospitals empanelled under CGHS

Bhushan further added that “the government endeavors to expand the number of hospitals empanelled under CGHS providing excellent tertiary care facilities aligned with the rising requirements of the patients.” 

Cashless treatment to CGHS beneficiaries at AIIMS New Delhi, PGIMER Chandigarh and GIPMER Puducherry is in the offing.

Bhushan stated “in the near future the AIIMS institutions established in New Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research Chandigarh and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry will be incorporated in this agreement.

Rajesh Bhushan elaborated that “a big segment will benefit from this agreement, as it seeks to ease the lengthy formalities and expedite access to medical care.” 


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