Large private hospitals have expressed serious reservations over the removal of payment terms in a proposed agreement for empanelment with the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), saying this and other clauses will have a major impact on their ability to deliver seamless services.
“The newly proposed agreement has sought extension of empanelment and added new clauses which are of deep concern to hospitals,” Girdhar Gyani, coordinator of the CGHS working group for private healthcare providers, told Moneycontrol. “The government has very detailed clauses on the hospital’s terms of operation, termination, penalty and performance clauses. However, there are no payment terms in the agreement.”
The CGHS allows over 40 million serving and retired Central government employees to avail of medical treatment paying nominal monthly charges at government clinics and empanelled private hospitals and diagnostic centres.