Pune:The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), which is presently catering to 1.37 lakh Central government employees, serving and pensioners, does not include well-known big hospitals in the city.
KM Biswas, Additional Director, CGHS Pune, in an interaction mentioned that CGHS beneficiaries are now bereft of the services provided by some big hospitals in Pune as these establishments have chosen to remove themselves from the list of hospitals that come under CGHS scheme.
This has happened due to lack of revision of package rates.
Hospitals in Pune
While discussing the number of hospitals where these beneficiaries can visit for further treatment after initial diagnosis in government clinics or dispensaries, Biswas said that currently, there are a total of 46 hospitals under the CGHS hospital empanelment list. “There are hospitals like Lokmanya Hospital, Noble Hospital, Deendayal Hospital and Sanjeevan Hospital which are fairly big,” said Biswas. He also underlined that big names like Ruby Hall Clinic and Sahaydri Hospital are not a part of the list anymore as these hospitals needed a revision of package rates.
“The main demand of these hospitals was that they wanted a revision in the package rates. This decision is taken by the health ministry. Most of these hospitals were part of CGHS until November 2016 after which they have opted out. The revision of the package rates may happen soon and some hospitals could then again get on the CGHS hospital empanelment list,” said Biswas.
He also said that the department gets complaints mainly for lack of facilities for particular therapies, overcharging among other things. But, the complaints received are very few. In the past three years, the department has received on an average 18 complaints per year.
“The city has a total of nine wellness centres or dispensaries at Akurdi, Yerawada, Khadki, Kasba Peth, Range Hills, Mukund Nagar, Shukrawar Peth and General Thimmayya Street in Camp,” said Biswas.
He also added that the smart cards have been made compulsory for all beneficiaries of CGHS.
“Once the beneficiaries get the smart card and it is valid across India. The history of the patient could be accessed from any hospital under CGHS from anywhere in the country. Hence, it would be very beneficial for people to get smart cards.
Considering that 60 per cent beneficiaries in Pune are pensioners, the department has not kept a strict deadline but want the beneficiaries to apply for the smart card latest by January 31, 2018,” said Biswas.
While talking about current enrollment, Biswas said that so far, a total of 82,976 beneficiaries out of 1,37,144 have applied for smart cards in Pune.
Applicants have to fill the required form and submit the documents to the main CGHS centre at Mukund Nagar. The beneficiaries have to visit the main CGHS centre at Mukund Nagar as the document verification is done at this centre and not at any other dispensary,” said Biswas.