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Advisory issued on Central healthcare scheme

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 14 - Taking a stern view regarding complaints lodged by many from different states about availing treatment facilities under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) at private hospitals and diagnostic centres during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre has issued an advisory to all the health care organisations (HCOs) empanelled under the scheme.

The Department of Health & Family Welfare under the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an order in this regard and warned that any HCO found violating the guidelines will face action.

�... this Ministry is in receipt of representations from CGHS beneficiaries of the difficulties in availing treatment facilities at private hospitals/diagnostic centres empanelled under CGHS. The matter has been reviewed and it is now decided to reiterate that all CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are notified as COVID hospitals by the State governments, shall provide treatment facilities to CGHS beneficiaries as per the CGHS norms for all COVID related treatments,� stated the advisory.

�Similarly, it is again reiterated that all the CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are not notified as COVID hospitals, shall not deny treatment facilities/admission to CGHS beneficiaries and shall charge as per CGHS norms, for all other treatments. Suitable action shall be taken in violation of the guidelines,� it added.

The latest advisory is expected to bring relief to lakhs of CGHS beneficiaries across India, including Assam.

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