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Govt orders clearing of CGHS bills at pvt hospitals

Waking up from its slumber as private hospitals across the country threatened to stop cashless treatment under the Central Government Group Health Scheme (CGHS), the Government on Tuesday ordered clearing of bills within a month.

Sources in the Union Health Ministry said that Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has reviewed the issue of outstanding CGHS dues of around Rs 1,400 crore and ordered officials to clear those within a month. According to officials, there are complaints of over 11 lakh bills pending for the last few months, forcing many empanelled hospitals to discontinue cashless treatment of the CGHS beneficiaries. At the three-hour-long review meeting on Monday, Mandaviya ordered the health secretary, the CGHS director and the CEO of the National Health Authority to present a detailed report on the matter and the solutions to it, the official said. He instructed them to clear nine lakh pending CGHS bills within 15 days and repay all pending dues within a month. The Health Minister also ordered officials to increase the number of claim clearance officers immediately to clear the pendency. Under the scheme, thousands of small, medium and large hospitals are empanelled, majority of which have not received payments since last July. While the Max Group has dues of Rs 200 crore, for Fortis the dues are Rs 100 crore. Likewise, Medanta hospital is waiting for a payment of nearly Rs 60 crore.

The CGHS covers all current and retired Central Government staff and kin. The OPD consultation charge for a CGHS beneficiary at most of the empanelled hospitals, including Max, Fortis, Medanta, etc, is Rs 150 per visit, while non-CGHS rates at these hospitals range from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000. Daily Pioneer

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