With a view to alleviating the inconvenience to Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) beneficiaries in getting medicines immediately after being discharged from empanelled private hospitals, the directions have been issued that from now onwards the empanelled private hospitals will issue medicines at the time of discharge for a period up to seven days.
The hospital will raise the bill for the medicines separately and submit it along with the hospital bill for inpatient treatment to ECHS for reimbursement. Earlier, no such facility was available.
The directions in this regard have been issued by the ministry of defence (MoD) recently.
Lt Col SS Sohi (retd), president, Ex-servicemen Grievance Cell, said, “We welcome the move. It will help ex-servicemen coming from far-off areas. Earlier, they used to go to ECHS centres for medicines.”
Also, only essential medicines in generic form for continuity of treatment will be issued by the hospital and no nutritional supplements, tonic, cough syrup, vitamins, will be issued.
The directions say that no non-drug items or equipment or appliances will be issued.
The total cost of such medicines issued by the hospital must not exceed Rs 2,000 in any case.
This facility will be applicable to only those bills raised by empanelled hospitals providing cashless medical treatment to ECHS beneficiaries for all diseases and treatments. The directions have also been issued that the reimbursement will be limited to 23 days in case seven-day medicines have been issued by the empanelled hospital.