The extant instructions under CGHS provide that under emergency conditions, a CGHS beneficiary can get admission in any CGHS empanelled Hospital without any prior permission. It has, however, been brought to the notice that the Hospitals deny admission or insist on referral memo from CGHS Wellness Centre even in emergency conditions.
2. In accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the CGHS empanelled Hospital and the Government of India, refusal to provide treatment to bonafide CGHS beneficiaries in emergency cases and other eligible categories of beneficiaries on credit basis, without valid ground, would attract disqualification for continuation of empanelment.
3. It is, therefore, reiterated that in emergency the empanelled hospitals will not refuse admission or demand an advance payment from the COBS beneficiary or his family member and will provide credit facilities to the patient.