The State Employees Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided that the Health Insurance Scheme (ESI) will be implemented across the country by the end of 2022. At present this scheme is fully implemented in 443 districts and partially in 153 districts. A total of 148 areas have not yet been covered under the ESI scheme.
At the 188th meeting of ESIC held under the chairmanship of Labor and Employment Minister Bhupendra Yadav on Sunday, it was decided to expand the medical facility and service supply system across the country. At the meeting, it was decided to implement the ESI plan across the country by the end of this year.
The Department of Labor said in a statement that by the end of this year, all areas partially covered by the ESI program that have not yet been covered will be included in the scope of this scheme.
The decision to open 23 new hospitals
Medicare services will be provided through the establishment of DCBOs (dispensary with branch office) by a MIMP (Modified Insurance Medical Practitioner) practitioner and co-hospitals at Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). In addition, ESIC decided to establish 23 new hospitals with a capacity of 100 beds across the country.
Hospitals and clinics will be built here
Among these hospitals, six are in Balgar, Satara, Ben, Jalgaon, Chakan and Panvel in Maharashtra, four in Hisar, Sonnepat, Ambala and Rotak in Haryana, two in Chingalpattu and Irud in Tamil Nadu, two in Moradabad and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and two hospitals will be opened in Tumkur and Udupi Karnataka State.
Meanwhile, one hospital each will be opened in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, Mulgaon in Goa, Sanand in Gujarat, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Garsuguda in Odisha and Kharajpur in West Bengal. Apart from these hospitals, five dispensaries will also be opened in 62 places. In addition, 48 dispensaries will be opened in Maharashtra, 12 in Delhi and 2 in Haryana.
They will benefit
Better quality health services will be provided to the insured employees and their families in these hospitals and clinics. In order to provide high quality medical care, ESIC is strengthening its infrastructure by constructing new hospitals and modernizing existing ones.
ESIC at its meeting advised insured workers and their family members through Ayushman Bharat PMJAY affiliated hospitals in all areas where the ESI scheme has been partially implemented or will be implemented, or where existing ESIC and limited health facilities have decided to allow the benefit of cashless medical care services.
ESI beneficiaries already benefit from cashless medical care in 157 districts through this link arrangement.
Three ESIC medical colleges will also be opened
It was also decided to set up the departments of Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at three ESIC Medical Colleges and Hospitals in Sannagar, Faridabad and Chennai. This will be the first time that such services will be provided at ESIC-owned facilities. Two catheterization laboratories will be set up at ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Sanathnagar, Telangana and Alwar, Rajasthan.
It was also decided to upgrade the existing 200-bed ESIC Hospital in Pune to a 500-bed facility. Upgrading this hospital will benefit 7 lakh workers from Pune and their family members.
Other important decisions made at the meeting included improving medical care services for insured workers and their family members. ESIC has decided to operate the state government-run ESIS Hospital, Sonagiri, Bhopal directly under its administrative control. In order to bridge the gap of unavailability of specialists/super specialists in ESIC Hospitals operated by the State Government, ESIC will now recruit the required professionals.