Cashless treatment for state employees of Uttar Pradesh: Government issues SOPs for medical colleges and institutes

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The Government of Uttar Pradesh has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all medical universities, medical colleges and self-governing institutions to offer the cashless medical treatment facility to government employees, retirees and their families . The move would benefit about 22 lakh government employees and retirees and their 75 lakh family members.

In July this year, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya State Employees Cashless Medical Scheme and ordered officials to draft the SOP procedure for the scheme.

The SOP has been issued by the Special Secretary of the Department of Medical Education, Durga Shakti Nagpal, for all autonomous medical universities, medical colleges and state medical colleges under the department.

Sources said that with the release of the SOP, the process of issuing health cards to employees, retirees and their families would begin. For this, the department would set up helpdesks in the faculties of medicine. Beneficiaries will also be able to register for the program online via a dedicated portal.

Apart from government-run hospitals in the state, government employees could avail cashless medical facilities up to Rs 5 lakh at hospitals set up under the Ayushman Bharat scheme. If the expenses exceed the limit, then special arrangements will be made to ensure quality treatment.

In accordance with the SOP, watch cells would be set up in medical schools and at the university level which would be operated 24/7 by a minimum of four staff.

Universities and medical colleges would appoint nodal officers or “Deendayal Mitras”, clerks and computer operators to implement the new facility.

According to the SOP, there would be no fixed package rates offered in government colleges for the treatment of beneficiaries. The rates in effect in all public establishments will apply to the plan.

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