Apart from stable career and excellent pay packages, the different types of perks offered to the employees make central government jobs a huge hit among the aspirants. When it comes to medical care, the central government employees are provided comprehensive medical health care facilities under the “Central Government Health Scheme” (CGHS). Apart from active central government employees, pensioners and their dependents are also entitled to medical healthcare serviced under the CGHS schemes.
What is Central Government Health Scheme?
The CGHS was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the year 1954, as an exclusive health care scheme to offer medical facilities to the central government employees paid from the civil estimates. Initially, the scheme was limited to Delhi, but was later on expanded to cover the following cities:
Apart from central government employees, the scheme also covers pensioners and their dependents residing in CGHS covered cities. For central government employees who reside outside the CGHS jurisdiction, the treatment shall be admissible under Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules.
Which employees are covered under CGHS?
What medical facilities are provided under CGHS?
Medical healthcare facilities are provided to government employees through wellness centres (previously known as CGHS dispensaries) of different types. Currently, the government has set up following medical facilities to offer health care services to central government employees and other individuals entitled under the CGHS.
Coverage of Dependents
The CGHS also covers the dependents of central government employees that are part of his/her family. Dependents qualifying the following guidelines are covered under CGHS:
All the dependents mentioned above need to be residing with the central government employees with their income from all sources not exceeding Rs 1500/- per month; in order to be eligible for the scheme.
Medical Advances / Medical Reimbursement
The Central Government employees are also entitled to medical advances or medical reimbursements in case of emergency medical treatment and care.
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