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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1762
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12.3.2018
EMPANELMENT OF HOSPITALS FOR ECHS FACILITIES1762. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state: (a) whether Government has taken steps to re-enroll / re-empanel the 169 hospitals that have withdrawn Ex-Servicemen Contribution of Health Scheme (ECHS) facilities; (b) if so, the details thereof; (c) if not, the reasons therefor; and (d) steps taken by Government to ensure that the ECHS empanelled hospitals’ capacity for veterans across the country is being maintained adequately for complete access to good medical facilities?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
SUBHASH BHAMRE(a) to (d): Empanelment of private hospitals with ECHS depends on the willingness of the hospitals to accept CGHS Rates and to abide by the procedures and rules of ECHS. The Government is continuously empanelling private hospitals which are applying for empanelment and are found eligible for empanelment as per ECHS rules. In the recent past 217, 189, 123, and 85 private hospitals have been empanelled on 10.11.2016, 2.06.2017, 05.12.2017 and 04.01.2018 respectively. A total of 2609 hospitals are empanelled with ECHS as on date.