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CGHS beneficiaries to get all-India cover

The government will issue unique plastic cards to Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries to help them avail services across India

New Delhi: The government will soon issue unique plastic cards to Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries to help them avail services in any part of the country.

"It has been decided to issue plastic cards individually to each beneficiary of the CGHS. This will enable beneficiaries to avail CGHS facility in any city should they happen to be in that city either on official work or on leave," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad informed the Lok Sabha.

Inter-city treatment will be possible after all cities are computerised and networked, reports IANS quoting the Minister.

The Minister said that with a view to providing better quality treatment to CGHS beneficiaries, only Quality Council of India certified diagnostic centres would be empanelled for diagnostic works. Currently, CGHS facilities are available in 29 cities across India.

The Sixth Central Pay Commission recommended the introduction of health insurance scheme for central government employees and pensioners, the Minister said.

"It had recommended that for existing employees and pensioners, the scheme should be available on the voluntary basis, subject to their paying prescribed contribution," Azad said.

It has also recommended that the health insurance scheme should be compulsory for new government employees who would be joining service after the introduction of the scheme. It had recommended that new retirees, after the introduction of the insurance would be covered under the scheme, he added.

My father is now a retired central govt employee and my mother have undergone a sudden cerebral attack while her visit at Chennai and after diagnosis it has been detected that she is having tumor at both ends of her forehead which need to be operated as early as possible. My father is having WHITE INDOOR CARD of KOLKATA and we need to be operated at Chennai. Please let me know whether we can operate at Chennai and what are the necessary formalities to be carried out for reimbursement of the operation amount.


Dear sir,

I would like to know that those who had already retired are included in this scheme or not.

I am awaiting for the reply.


Naimish Thakare

its good we actualy need this

It is a good news that CGHS facilities now would be available across India. But when??????????????????

To whome it may concern.

Sir/ Madem.
I would like to empanelled under your scheme, pls mentioned the required doc. regarding this.
The detail is as under.
National Hoispital and Maternity centre.
Dr. Shah Alam Ansari.

The procedure needs to be simplified. Pensioners are required to visit the dispensary, fill up a form and then collect the cards. It is cumbersome.The personal data of the beneficiary is available with the CGHS. They can simply substitute the cards with the pensioners by newcards with some security coting like R/F. The latest addresses may pose problem, but that is also easy to solve through the pension disbursing branch of the bank. All are connected to each other through computer.
Alternately, the pensioner visits the CGHS office and surrenders the old card and collects the new card within hours from that office. All pensioners neither drive nor are physically fit to make unnecessary trips for a new card.Or even the exercise can be done in the dispensary when he/she visits it next.
Simplification is required. Facilitate, not complicate in these times of Information Technology. In the national capital with all the infrastructure it is not only possible but easiest to do.

At present the plastic card is issued to only THE elite delhi beneficiaries only.


I was eager to know if as a citizen journalist if I post a story where it will be published and whether credit for the same will be provided or not. Also would like to know by when it will be posted.

Palak Lotiya

It is an excellent move.

Further, It would be good idea to have good private diagnostic centre where govt, employees can have the tests done on refrence from CGHS.It will help great deal because CGHS run diagnostic centres are not not many and are not easily accessible.
Prakash H Adnur

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