State health insurer Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has given its in-principal approval to cover 100 mn formal sector workers under its programme "Vision 2022" that envisages expansion of ESI scheme to every district of the country.
According to the statement, the "ESIC Vision 2022" was approved in-principal during the meeting. The vision envisages expansion of ESI Scheme in each district of the country with a target of covering 100 mn workers by 2022.
The modalities and the course for achieving the target were deliberated upon in the meeting. In this regard, the decision to form a sub-committee for fine-tuning and for active participation of other stakeholders has also been taken, it added.
The ESIC further decided for continuation of 50-bed ESIC Model Hospital at Phulwarisharif, Patna upgradable to 100 beds. In its earlier meeting, the ESIC already approved starting of 100-bed medical facilities/hospital at Bihta and Patna, Bihar.
The decision for establishing Modified Employers' Utilisation Dispensary (modified EUD) on pilot basis was also taken in the meeting, with the objective of strengthening of stake holders participation in the expansion of primary care services of the ESIC.
In order to improve the delivery of health care services and ensuring proper use of resources available in the ESIC hospitals, decision of establishing vigilance inspection unit in the ESIC hospitals was taken, it added.