Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has inaugurated 2 CGHS Wellness Center at Chandigarh and Panchkula. The coverage of CGHS cities was up to 25 cities in the year 2014 which has increased to 80 cities at present. With this, Panchkula has become the 80th city to have CGHS facilities. Though Chandigarh already had one CGHS wellness center with 47000 registered beneficiaries. Now with the opening of the second wellness centre, the work load will now be divided between the two wellness centers and the waiting time will be reduced. This has brought great relief to the beneficiaries.
Inauguration ceremony of CGHS Wellness Center at Chandigarh and Panchkula
Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Mrs. Kirron Kher and MLA from Panchkula and Speaker of Haryana Legislative Assembly Mr. Gyan Chand Gupta were also present at the inauguration ceremony of these CGHS Wellness Centres. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Mandaviya said that it is the priority of the government to provide convenient and quality healthcare to every citizen of India. To ensure this, expansion of CGHS facilities has become a focus area for the government. So that people living anywhere in the country can get quality health care.
The opening of these two Wellness Centers at Chandigarh and Panchkula will also help in mitigating the difficulties faced by the pensioners living in the adjoining areas of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Mandaviya informed that CGHS technology has been integrated with the National Health Authority. Now with our goal of expanding CGHS to 100 cities in India soon, the access of people to good quality healthcare in India will further increase.
Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and its benefits
Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) is one of the oldest health insurance schemes launched by the Government of India. CGHS was started in the year 1954. It provides health insurance coverage only to central government employees and pensioners. Under this scheme, the following types of benefits are provided to the government employees/pensioners and their families:
- Treatment for all enrolled members.
- Cashless treatment at empaneled hospitals and diagnostic centres.
- Medical tests done at Government or empaneled diagnostic centres.
- Specialist consultation in polyclinics or government hospitals.
- Outpatient treatment (OPD) including cost of medicines.
- Reimbursement for emergency medical treatment done in government or private hospitals.
- Expenses relating to maternity, child health services and family welfare.
- Expenses incurred for external medical aids like hearing aids, appliances, prostheses etc.
- Alternative treatment modalities like Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Siddha and Unani are also provided.
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