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Delhi health scheme modified

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved certain modifications in the existing Delhi Government Employees' Health Scheme (DGEHS) that was launched in April 1997 to provide life-long benefits to pensioners, make special provisions for the National Capital Region and treatment outside Delhi and to allow cashless treatment to all the legislators.

Announcing the decision after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said a number of modifications in DGEHS have been approved to make this scheme as beneficial as the Central Government Health Scheme. The modifications have also been approved to improve the delivery mechanism and overcome obstacles being faced by the beneficiaries during treatment under the existing provisions.

Ms. Dikshit said the scheme was modified in 2003, 2005 and 2007, but it was still felt that there were certain provisions which needed to be amended to ensure better health care for the beneficiaries.

“The changes in the scheme in the past have shown a commitment of the Government as a model employer and for betterment of the scheme to make it simpler. The scheme has already been extended to sitting and retired judges of Delhi High Court, sitting and ex-members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly and for serving staff of the Education Department,'' she said.

Besides, the Chief Minister added, fully funded autonomous bodies of the Delhi Government can also opt for the scheme.

It is a scheme for the welfare of the employees and retired pensioners of the Delhi Government to make available health facilities to them as per Central Services Medical Attendance (CSMA) rules.

As per the approved modifications, it is proposed to automatically adopt all provisions of CSMA/CGHS under DGEHS to keep membership open-ended like CGHS.

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