No. 22D (09)12013/US (WE)/D (Res)
Govornment of India
Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Ministry of Defence
Dated the 21st August, 2013
The Chief of the Army Staff The Chief of the Naval Staff The Chief of the Air Staff
1, The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 24(48)/03/US(WE)D(Res) dated 19th December, 2003 and to state that keeping in view, the difficulties being faced by the ECHS beneficiaries residing in districts not covered by ECHS it has now been decided to liberalise the ECHS Rules as follows to enable them to avail medical facilities for in-patient treatment and post- operative follow-up treatment-
(a) (i) ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS Card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals and submit the medical re-imbursement claim to the ECHS Polyclinic (i.e. they can avail the treatment without obtaining referral from Polyclinic located outside their district)
(ii) Re-imbursement shall be limited to the CGHS rates applicable to the nearest ECHS Polyclinic and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actuals whichever is lower.
(b) (i) ECHS beneficiaries who are holding a valid ECHS card and are residing in districts not covered by ECHS shall be eligible to obtain post¬operative follow-up treatment from Govt. (Central/State/Local Self Government) hospitals in follow up cases of Renal Transplant Surgery Knee and Hip Joint Replacement, Cancer Treatment Neuro Surgery and Cardiac Surgery. However, prior permission (referral) is to be obtained from the OIC of nearest ECHS Polyclinic.
(ii) Permission shall be issued for 3 to 6 months at a time and may be extended based on medical requirement. Reimbursement for consultation, procedures and investigations shall be limited to CGHS rates applicable to the nearest ECHS polyclinic and as per the ceiling rates and ward entitlements or as per actual s ,whichever may be lower. OPD medicines shall be obtained from the concerned Polyclinic for a maximum period of 3 months at a time.
2. These order will come into effect from date of issue.
3. This issues with the concurrence of MoD (Finance) vide U.O. 1574/13/Fin/Pen dated 11th July, 2013.
( HK Mallick)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India