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ESIC to have tie-ups with more private hospitals

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On medical care: B.K.Sahu, Insurance Commissioner, ESIC, New Delhi, speaking at a meeting in Tirupur on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Balaji.
On medical care: B.K.Sahu, Insurance Commissioner, ESIC, New Delhi, speaking at a meeting in Tirupur on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Balaji.

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will soon have a tie-up with more private hospitals to provide specialty medical care for insured persons from Tirupur till the proposed multi-specialty ESI hospital project planned here materialises, according to ESIC Insurance Commissioner B.K.Sahu.

“The tie-ups will ensure that the insured persons under the ESI scheme will be able to get treatment under specialists within a radius of 40 km,” he told this while interacting with the textile manufacturers in a special interaction organised by the ESIC here on Wednesday.

Plans were also afoot to bring in medical specialists from ESI hospital in Coimbatore to the two ESI dispensaries functioning in Tirupur industrial cluster twice a week till the full-fledged 100-bedded specialty hospital comes up.

Mr. Sahu said that the ESIC would soon be launching call centre facility at its branch offices across the country in an attempt to enhance the customer care and help the insured persons get the available medical facilities on time.

“We plan to open the call centre facility at 50 select-branch offices before the end of the current fiscal,” he added.

On the disparity noticed in many industrial clusters like Tirupur between the number of workers and the number of insured persons under ESI scheme, Mr. Sahu said the Corporation would be launching special drives in the coming months to ensure that employers were including the workers properly under ESI coverage.

Tirupur Exporters Association president A Sakthivel reiterated the need to enhance the medical facilities at ESI dispensaries in Tirupur to increase the confidence level of workers that they were getting the due for the premium paid on insurance.

South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association president V. Ponnusamy and senior ESIC officials were present.

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