Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) - Salient Features

Written by Dr. Sameer Sippy | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Mar 03, 2016
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Salient Features

The salient features of the CGHS Scheme are enlisted below:

  • Dispensary services including domiciliary care.
  • IPD (Indoor Patient) and OPD (Outdoor Patient) Services
  • F. W. (Family Welfare) & M.C.H. (Maternal and Child Healthcare) Services
  • Consultation facilities by Specialist and Super-Specialist Doctors provided at dispensaries, polyclinics and hospitals
  • Various Diagnostic tests including X-Ray, ECG and Laboratory (or Pathology) Examinations
  • Hospitalization
  • Organization for the purchase, storage, distribution and supply of medicines and other requirements pertaining to healthcare
  • Health Education and updating on related to CGHS beneficiaries.

The dispensary is the backbone of the CGHS Scheme. Instructions on various matters and inter-related aspects are issued from time to time for the guidance of the Medical Officers and the Specialists and updating them with the latest issues pertaining to healthcare and its comprehensive management. With continuous and rapid expansion of this healthcare scheme, the situation has drastically improved especially related to the health issues concerning Governmental Employees included under this scheme. But, at the same time, a number of problems have arisen on account of it. On account of the rapidly expanding staff and manpower, various practices, procedures and instructions to be implemented in regard to the duties and responsibilities of hospital employees are not adhered to in a stringent manner. As a result, there is some laxity in the entire process and deficiency in the healthcare services under the CGHS. Various instructions and orders issued from time to time serve as a Compendium for the guidance of the CGHS staff.


  1. National Portal of India - (india.gov.in/citizen/health/cghs.php)
  2. CGHS - Kolkata - (cghskolkata.nic.in)
  3. CGHS - Mumbai - (http://cghsmumbai.gov.in/)

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Respected sir,
one of out official's wife got treated in Max super speciality Hospital , Patparganj during 4.3.2018 to 6.3.2018 towards treatment of 'RT Loower UretericStricture RT secondary PUJO RT Renal Calculus . Where in their billing Hospital has charged for 'Ureteric Catherterisation 50 % is of Rs. 4927/- while as per CGHS Code No. 746 [2014 ] rate is mentioned as Rs. 794/-. The clarification and correct rate is of the procedure may please be given.
Ajay Sharma
Finance HQ
National Productivity Council
Lodhi Road N Delhi

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Complain from the TEACHERS of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan KOLKATA REGION.
As a capacity of THE GENERAL SECRETARY, AIKVTA, Kolkata Region, I am complaining against The Additional Director CGHS, Kolkata. Earlier 25 years CGHS facility was continued but now it was stopped from few months and teachers are debarred to avail the CGHS facility. This facility is continued in other metropolitan towns like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and other places where this facility is available. We are deducting CGHS contribution every month from salary but By order of The Additional Director CGHS, Kolkata, Wellness Hospitals refused to give treatment. So, I beg for issuing order for treatment of K.V. teachers in CGHS of Kolkata Wellness Center.

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Hi All, I am an IT professional and the new proposed scheme looks like the best. CGHS has many draw backs like should be in city to get cards, not all states have good hospitals. Big headache with reimbursement. Modi is doing good job tweet him to support new insurance scheme instead of CGHS which might speed up the process and all employees and retired employees will get insurance cards which never expires in there life time and cashless benifits

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