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