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CREDIT TO PATIENTS IN PVT HOSPITALS WILL CONTINUE: CGHS

  • 6 Mar 2014
  • Hindustan Times (Delhi)
  • Sidhartha Dutta sidhartha.dutta@hindustantimes.com

CREDIT TO PATIENTS IN PVT HOSPITALS WILL CONTINUE: CGHS

NEW DELHI: Refuting media reports that the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) will withdraw cashless medical service to government employees in empanelled private hospitals, the union health ministry said on Wednesday that hospitals will continue providing credit facilities to patients.
“As far as CGHS is concerned, there are some issues regarding payment to private hospitals. We have procured additional funds. We’ll try to clear the bills soon and the pendency is not as major as they claim. Most of the hospitals are aware of it and they have agreed to provide credit facilities to government employees,” said a senior official in the union health ministry.
“Moreover CGHS has signed an MoU with individual hospitals and not with any association or organizations. We do not recognize them. If any particular empanelled hospital withdraws providing credit facility, then we’ll take necessary action against them as per the terms and conditions,” the official added.
The Indian Medical Association Hospital Board of India (IMA HBI), however, has demanded reasonable rates from CGHS for services to government employees and pensioners from private hospitals.
“Hospitals across the country are unable to recover the cost of services from the present rates fixed by CGHS. The rates should be commensurate with the services provided and should also be in relation to inflation,” said Dr Narender Saini, secretary general, IMA.
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