ESIC to allow non insured persons to avail medical services from its underutilised hospitals

The Employees' State Insurance Corporation during its 176th meeting held on December 5, 2018 took few very important decisions towards improvements in its service delivery mechanism.

During the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Labour & Employment (I/C), it was decided to allow Non-IPs (Non Insured Persons) to avail medical services from underutilised ESIC Hospitals.

Key Highlights

The non insured persons would now be able to avail medical services from ESIC's underutilised hospitals after levying user charges at a subsidised cost  of Rs 10 for OPD Consultation, at 25 per cent of CGHS package rates for admitted patients and to provide medicines on actual rate initially for one year on pilot basis.

The decision will immensely help common people get the quality medical care at very low cost.

It will also ensure full utilisation of resources of hospital for people’s cause.

The recruitment to the 5200 posts in various categories like social security officer, insurance medical officer grade-ii, junior engineers, teaching faculty, paramedical and nursing cadre, UDC and Steno in ESIC is under process.

Further, to meet the shortage of specialist and super specialist doctors in some of the ESIC Hospitals, the ESIC approved hiring of full time contractual specialists and super specialists in the department of anaesthesia, medicine, surgery, pediatrics, gyne, ortho, cardiology, nephrology and medical oncology after inviting open tender.

Keeping in view the rise in the national floor level minimum wages to Rs 176, it was decided in the meeting to enhance the exemption limit for payment of employees’ share of contribution from Rs 137 to Rs 176.

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