The Indian government’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an Office Memorandum stating that the CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) card is valid at any CGHS Wellness Centre in the country for availing CGHS benefits.
The cardholders do not need to provide any additional documents or attachments. The memorandum also mentions that medicines can be issued for up to three months for beneficiaries undergoing treatment for chronic illnesses, and referral/endorsement for treatment from private healthcare organizations empanelled under CGHS can be issued from any CGHS Wellness Centre.
The memorandum directs Additional Directors of CGHS to ensure that the guidelines are followed by CGHS Wellness Centres’ staff, and members of Local Advisory Committees/Zonal Advisory Committee are informed about it.
Validity of CGHS Card in all CGHS Centres
F No Z 15025/1/2023/DIR/CGHS
Govt. of India
Min. of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS
RK Puram Sector-13, New Delhi.
Dated the 1st May, 2023
Subject: Validity of CGHS Card in all CGHS Centres
The undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Order No Misc 6024/2007/CGHS(HQ)/CGHS(P) dated the 17th December 2012 and to reiterate that CGHS Card is valid at any CGHS Wellness Centre in the Country for availing CGHS benefits as per the details given under:
i) CGHS Card is valid in any Wellness Centre in India and no additional document / attachment is required.
ii) Medicines shall be issued for upto to ‘3’ months, in case of beneficiaries undergoing treatment for chronic illnesses.
iii) Referral/endorsement for treatment from private HCOs empanelled under CGHS shall be issued from any CGHS Wellness centre.
Additional Directors, CGHS are advised to ensure that these guidelines are complied with by CMOs in Charge and other staff of CGHS Wellness Centres.
The contents of this order are to be brought to the notice of Members of the Local Advisory Committees/Zonal Advisory Committee.
(Dr. Manoj Jain)