New Delhi: The Government on Friday decided to provide secondary medical care services to insured persons who live more than 25 km away from the existing Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals.
"The services will be directly provided 25 km away from the existing hospitals for the benefit of the insured persons," said an official in the Labour and Employment Ministry, adding the decision was taken the 150th meeting of the ESI Corporation here.
The meeting was chaired by Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge. The details about how the secondary medical care services will be provided are being worked out, the official said.
While it was felt that the role of ESI hospitals was expanding with the rise in insured persons, the meeting decided to ensure adequate stock of drugs in these hospitals.
"To ensure that there is no shortage of widely used
drugs and life saving drugs in the state ESI hospitals and
dispensaries, the Corporation approved a pilot project for
direct procurement and supply of these drugs and dressings to
the states for the ESI hospitals," the official said.
The entire expenditure shall be borne by the ESIC
outside its ceiling, he said.
Significantly, the meeting also decided to throw open the "spare capacity of underutilised ESI hospitals" to persons living in close vicinity of such hospitals on user charge, the official said.
Kharge had earlier announced the decision to offer such service to non-insured persons in emergency cases. The official said the recent amendment in the ESI Act has also opened opportunities for implementation of other schemes utilising the spare capacity as notified in the Act.