Kashmir Gets Its First Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Facility
Expanding the facility of the quality medical care, the Indian Army’s Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) has made its reach to Kashmir valley. ECHS has now empanelled Srinagar’s Noora Hospital under the scheme and would cater to the army-veterans and their families.
Notably, Noora is the first hospital in the valley to get empanelled under the scheme.
The move will prove to be beneficial for retired defence personnel living in the remote regions and areas where empanelled medical facilities are inadequate or non-existent.
Reach across India and beyond
Over 2,000 hospitals are empanelled under ECHS across the country currently.
The recent Smart City Mission (SCM) has taken the ECHS benefits to the remote areas where empanelled medical facilities are absent. The health schemes are also provided to the ex-servicemen now residing in Nepal.
Meanwhile, the SCM has also approved 123 hospitals. Out of the 123 empanelled facilities, 68 are hospitals, 27 are eye centers, 12 happen to be dental clinics and 16 are Labs/Imaging/Diagnostic centers.
How do hospitals get empanelled
Empanelling of hospitals with ECHS is a continuous process. The hospitals take specified documents and apply to ECHS through Regional Centers (RCs).
Started in 2003, the scheme aims to provide comprehensive healthcare to all ESM and their families on cashless basis.