Gangtok, June 18: The Government of India through an Office Memorandum issued by the Union Health Ministry on June 16 has informed, that keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, the Centre Government has decided to reimburse the cost of the pulse oximeter purchased by beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).

The Pulse Oximeter is a small, lightweight device used to monitor the amount of oxygen carried in the body. This means that for CGHS beneficiary families who have more than one COVID-19 positive patient, the Centre Government will bear the cost of only one Pulse Oximeter.
The office memorandum also instructs that the reimbursement from the Centre Government will also only amount to the actual cost of the Pulse Oximeter, subjecting to a ceiling of Rs. 1200.

The claim for the reimbursement of the cost of the Pulse Oximeter has to be submitted as per prescribed guidelines and enclosing a copy of the COVID-19 Test Report to the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in case of pensioners, ex-MPs etc Rajya Sabha Secretariat/ Lok Sabha Secretariat as the case may be in respect of Members of Parliament.

In the case of serving beneficiaries, such claims can be submitted to ministry/ department concerned and to the autonomous body concerned in respect of beneficiaries of autonomous bodies.

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