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Centre opens health clinics to senior citizens in pilot project

Harsh Vardhan: Only 1,447 generic and 622 branded medicines would be prescribed.

Facility will be available for senior citizens from September 1 (Source: Express Archives)
Facility will be available for senior citizens from September 1 (Source: Express Archives)

Senior citizens will have free access to facilities of 20 Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) clinics in Delhi and NCR from September 1 as part of a pilot project. While the long-term aim is to open CGHS to the general public, for now, non-CGHS card holders will not be given medicines from these centres.

“This is a pilot project for now. We will see how much demand is generated for these clinics and the clinics’ ability to handle the demand from the general public, before we extend the service to more people in more cities,” Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said. The facilities will be available between 1.30 pm and 3 pm on all working days.

The CGHS centres are located in Pusa Road, Daryaganj, Kalkaji, Chandni Chowk, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Kasturba Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Sarita Vihar, Rajpur Road, Jangpura, Noida, Sahibabad, Chanakyapuri, Gurgaon, Panadra Road, Kali Bari, Greater Noida and Mayur Vihar.

During a meeting on CGHS, the minister also ordered that all information regarding pending medical claims for more than 30 days be uploaded on the website.

Regarding complaints of doctors prescribing branded drugs not included in the approved list, Harsh Vardhan said only 1,447 generic and 622 branded medicines would be prescribed. CGHS beneficiaries will be provided with medicines for a maximum of one month. In case beneficiaries are set to go abroad for a long time period, the medicines will be given for three months, he said.