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ESIC allows people other than subscribers to avail OPD services at its hospitals

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Corporation (ESIC) has allowed public other than its subscribers to avail medical services at its under-utilised hospitals.

The decision was taken during the ESIC's 176th meeting held on December 5 under the chairmanship of Santosh Kumar Gangwar, a ministry statement said.

The decision will immensely help common people avail quality medical care at low cost and ensure full utilisation of ESIC hospital resources, it added.

In the meeting, it was decided to allow non-insured persons to avail medical services at under-utilised ESIC Hospitals after levying user charges at a subsidised rate of Rs 10 for outpatient department (OPD) consultation and at 25 per cent of Central Government Health Services' package rates for in-patients, the statement said. Also, the ESIC will provide medicines on actual rate initially for one year on a pilot basis.

The ESIC has over 150 hospitals and around 17,000 beds for patients across the country.

It has also approved hiring of full-time contractual staff in various departments to meet the shortage of specialist/super-specialist doctors in some of its hospitals.

The recruitment to 5,200 posts such as social security officer, insurance Grade-II, junior engineers, teaching faculty, paramedical & nursing cadre, upper division clerks and stenographers, among others, in the ESIC is under process, it said.

In a major move, the ministry has decided to enhance the exemption limit for payment of employees' share of contribution from Rs 137 to Rs 176. This comes in the wake of rise in the national floor-level minimum wages to Rs 176.

Among the officials present at the meeting were Labour and Heeralal Samariya, ESIC and senior officers of the ministry.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:00 IST