Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme – Online Bill Processing launched in 5 cites – Chandigarh, Delhi, Trivendrum, Secunderabad and Pune
Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) has been launched to provide comprehensive Medicare to all ESM in receipt of pension or disability pension, as also to his/her dependents, which include wife/husband, legitimate children and wholly dependent parents. The Scheme is also applicable to NOK’s of deceased pensioners who are drawing family/special family /liberalized family pension.
3. The aim of the Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is to provide comprehensive and quality medical care to Armed Forces Veterans (AFV). The following categories are eligible for availing the facilities on membership:-
(a) Ex-servicemen drawing Pension/ Disability Pension.
(b) Widows drawing Family Pension.
(c) Spouse of pensioner.
(d) Unemployed sons below 25 years of age.
(e) Unemployed and/or unmarried daughters.
(f) Dependent parents whose income is less than Rs. 3500/- per month.
(g) Mentally / Physically challenged children for life
(h) New born baby up to 03 months based on birth certificate.
4. Medical facilities are to be provided through a network of 426 Polyclinics spread across the country, established over the years. Basic outdoor services will be provided at the Polyclinics. In case further management is required, referral will be made from ECHS Polyclinics to Armed Forces Medical Services Hospitals, Empanelled Private Hospitals/ Dental
and Diagnostic Centers as applicable. These referrals can only be made by authorized staff of the Polyclinics.
5. Empanelment of Hospitals/Nursing homes and Diagnostic Centers is carried out after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Expenditure incurred on services provided by an Empanelled Hospital /Dental / Diagnostic centre will be paid directly to them by ECHS as per approved rates.