CGHS allows for referral letters in respect of specialised treatment with validity of six months in the cases of Diabetes, Hypertension & other Cardiac Diseases, Dialysis and Cancer.
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 1st October, 2012
Sub: Permission for treatment / investigations in respect of CGHS beneficiaries availing treatment for Diabetes, Hypertension & other Cardiac Diseases, Dialysis and Cancer.
The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to state that at present the CGHS beneficiaries undergoing treatment for Diabetes, Hypertension & other Cardiac Diseases. Dialysis and Cancer require repeated investigations / treatment procedures over a period of time and as per the existing guidelines they are required to procure permission every time to get the prescribed treatment / investigations done at CGHS empanelled hospitals /diagnostic centres.
2. With a view to alleviate the inconvenience to CGHS beneficiaries in obtaining the requisite permission(s) every time, this Ministry has decided to permit issue of permission (referral) letters by competent authorities with a validity of six months from the date of issue of the original prescription for undergoing the prescribed treatment /investigation procedures to be conducted at the prescribed intervals over a period of six months as advised by a Government Specialist. The same permission (referral) letter shall be valid for undergoing the prescribed treatment procedures / investigations on multiple times during the six months, at intervals as advised by the Government Specialist.
Deputy Secretary to Government of India