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Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS)

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The CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) started in 1954, with its headquarters at New Delhi. Its main objective is to provide comprehensive medical care to the Central Government employees that incorporate - both serving and pensioners including their dependent family members.

Central Government Health Scheme

In India, the CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) provides health care facilities to beneficiaries that includes All Central Government Servants paid through Civil Estimates, Ex-Governors and Ex-Vice Presidents, former Prime Ministers, Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts in India, Members of Parliament and Ex-MPs, Pensioners drawing pension from Civil Estimates and their family members, Employees and Pensioners of Autonomous Bodies, Former Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts in India and Freedom Fighters. Such persons can avail healthcare benefits under CGHS scheme.

Under CGHS, diversified health services are provided through Allopathic, Indian (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani and Siddha) and Homeopathic systems of medicine. The specialized treatments are provided through various dispensaries/polyclinics across India. The CMOs (Chief medical officers) and medical officers are in charge of the dispensaries for the smooth functioning of the healthcare scheme.

The CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme provides comprehensive healthcare facilities for the Central Govt. employees and pensioners including their dependents residing in cities incorporated under this healthcare scheme.

This scheme is currently operational in cities viz. Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubhaneshwar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Shillong and Thiruvananthapuram.

This scheme provides comprehensive healthcare facilities to the CGHS Beneficiaries in India. The medical facilities are provided through Wellness Centres (previously referred to as CGHS Dispensaries) and polyclinics under Allopathic, Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathic systems of medicines. The break-up of CGHS medical or healthcare facilities across India are enlisted below:

248 Allopathic dispensaries

19 polyclinics

Ayush dispensary/units

3 Yoga Centres

65 Laboratories

17 Dental Units
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I am advised to obtain an essentially certificate for the drugs Jalra 50 mg twice a day and Lamosyn 100 mg twice a day which have to be used along with other drugs used to control diabetes. When the drugs are so important to control the diseases why cannot they be provided by CGHS and why essentiality certificate from NIMS or Gandhi Hospital at Hyderabad are insisted. Is there any form to obtain the essentially certificate?
srideviravi Thursday, March 27, 2014
CGHS Card has been issued in my favor under Kolkata Jurisdiction and availing such facility.Now Issuing of the Plastic CGHS Card is under process but the PIN No. of my residential address is modified recently by State GOVT.[KOLKATA-700157 in place of 700059],KOLKATA-700157 is not covered under CGHS Jurisdiction. How I can be able to get the Plastic Card as well as avail such facility.
adityasinha Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I am central government employee. I am planning to preserve cord blood of my baby. Can i reimburse the cord blood banking charges under central government health scheme ??
sppatel777 Monday, December 09, 2013
I am a CGHS Card holder pensioner retired from CDA[Pension, Kolkata. Can the CGHS clinic refer me to a Damdam Municipal Hospital(which is not shown in the website in empanelled List] Non-Empanelled Hospital for treatment ie.
lilyalld1 Thursday, November 28, 2013
I have to purchase BP apparatus on doctor's prescription kindly guide me the procedure
amarjeetsinghsodhi Thursday, November 14, 2013
is there any further progress on the intended CGEPHIS scheme for which RFP was published in 2010
alagh Saturday, November 02, 2013
CGHS / ESI are the benefits given the govt. I sincerely feel all these facilities are not really giving help to the patients, the long hours of waiting fro the doctors, to collect reports is very hectic. Its not like the work is completed within 1-2 hrs, its a day long process. The way the staff treat as if the patients are beggers. How can a patient alone can go from room to room, floor to floor in search of the doctor, its so indefinite that the doctors will be coming and no information is given. People working in private sector will not get leave if they have to wait for days together its difficult. The plight of the patients is very sad and pathetic. Anyway nothing will happen as long as these corrupted politicians are there but still I wanted to share my views. MY HUMBLE REQUEST IS PLEASE GIVE MERCY KILLING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING at they will die peacefully.
Guest- Thursday, October 10, 2013
I m a defence ministry pensioner[civilian].i m not under CGHS tillnow.how can i get covered under the cghs now i retired in 1993.
B.H.AnanthaMurthy Sunday, September 01, 2013
Respected Sir,
Sir, I retired from PSU[PDIL, Sindri-Noida] and i am pension holder. My age is 65 yrs. Can I get the CGHS benifit? If so kindly help me by citing the process of getting CGHS card and the treatment in which type of hospitals? I am residing in Dhanbad in the state of Jharkhand.

Thanking you,
Sona Ram Rajak

Sona47 Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I am retd GOI officer.Card No. P1882 issued from Lucknow.I was in Mumbai with my son when I fell down on 04nov 12 and brocken FEMUR bone in two parts. Got treatment from Breach Candy Hospital which is nearest to me. Submitted the claim on cghs Lucknow on 4 dec 2012 via regd AD post.Thereafter sent many reminders by email/by post but claim has not been till date.I am not provided with details of my Claim number and date inspite of my repeated requests.Please send address/email of appealate authority.
sharad1940 Monday, July 01, 2013
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