CGHS and management of private hospitals should sort out issues among themselves: pensioners

Corporate hospitals are not treating pensioners as CGHS has not cleared their medical bills

HYDERABAD: Members of the body representing pensioners covered under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) have threatened to take up agitation if medical services for CGHS pensioners are not revived at private hospitals.

The senior citizens on Wednesday demanded that CGHS and management of private hospitals sort out problems among themselves and resume medical services quickly.

“We are being rejected by all corporate hospitals because CGHS has not cleared their medical bills. We demand immediate action or we will protest. Even NIMS hospital is not accepting because of lack of beds and other Government hospitals do not have adequate infrastructure,” said Laxmi Narayana, general secretary for All Pensioners and Retired Persons Association.

Promising full support to the cause of pensioners, CGHS Additional Director B. P. Kumar pointed out that they have assured all the private hospitals to clear pending medical bills by March of next year. The CGHS authorities added that it is up to the private hospitals to take a positive step and allow pensioners to take treatment. The CGHS, Hyderabad, has already written a letter to this effect to private hospitals.

“Of the 70 hospitals which have entered into an agreement with CGHS, only 26 private hospitals have declined to provide services. They should go to the remaining hospitals and utilise their services,” Dr. Kumar added.

There are over 30,000 CGHS cards issued to pensioners and their families in the State. A majority of the pensioners, however, argue that only few speciality hospitals provide good medical attention while the rest are not up to the mark.