Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 8
In a aid to ex-servicemen whose disabled sons are depending on them, the Ministry of Defence has prolonged medicare amenities below the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to such individuals even after they’ve attained the age of 25.
Till now, single completely disabled and financially dependent sons of ECHS beneficiaries after attaining the age of 25 weren’t thought of dependant and therefore weren’t eligible for availing medical amenities below the ECHS.
This is as per the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) Rules that are adopted by ECHS.
On January 1, 2020, the CGHS had that declared such sons of CGHS beneficiaries who’ve change into disabled after attaining the age of 25, are dependent and therefore eligible for availing CGHS advantages topic to fulfilment of circumstances laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
It has now been determined by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, to equally deal with single completely disabled and financially dependent sons of ECHS beneficiaries who’ve change into disabled after attaining the age of 25 as dependent and therefore eligible for availing advantages below ECHS topic to the identical as that relevant to the CGHS, orders issued by the MoD on Wednesday state.
Keeping in view private precautions required to be undertaken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MoD has additionally allowed the reimbursement of the price of one pulse oximeter per household to ECHS beneficiaries.
Measuring of oxygen saturation degree is likely one of the most necessary parameters for monitoring the well being of COVID-19 sufferers and figuring out the susceptibility of contracting coronavirus an infection.
Under the brand new coverage, ECHS beneficiaries who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 an infection are permitted to buy one pulse oximeter per household even when there are a couple of members of the family who acquired contaminated. The ceiling for reimbursement has been mounted at Rs 1,200.