Shillong, Sept 14: Meghalaya government on Monday approved the Meghalaya Medical Attendance Rules 2021. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the government has decided to repeal the Meghalaya Medical Attendance Rules 1981 by passing the Meghalaya Medical Attendance Rules 2021.
Cabinet has approved the proposal to repeal the Meghalaya Medical Attendance Rules 1981 & pass the Meghalaya Medical Attendance Rules 2021 in order to include new provisions & categories of treatment under the Medical Attendance Rules for medical reimbursements for Govt employees pic.twitter.com/sZhAJWJaf9
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) September 13, 2021
Talking to reporters after chairing a Cabinet meeting on Monday, he said the main purpose of bringing a new rule was to give a more structured approach to the medical reimbursements extended to government employees.
According to him, in the past there were a lot of grey areas and there was no defined system because of which the departments had to work a lot and they had to go through every case in a different manner. There were also areas where, because of non-clarity, the expenditures sometimes were not within the limits.
“Therefore, keeping all these factors in mind, the health department had proposed that new Rules should be made. Under the new rules, limits have been set on the expenditures in different categories as well as recommendations to follow the central government’s health scheme rates which are called the CGHS rates so that again the rates do not go beyond a certain point,” the chief minister said.
He also added, “There were large numbers of areas which were not covered under the 1981 rules. So in the new rules, those areas are also going to be covered. This of course includes things like dental treatment, hearing aids, artificial appliances, kidney, liver transplant and so on and so forth.”
The Chief Minister also expressed hope that with the new rules in place, the overall expenditure on medical reimbursement will be more structured and will also be done in a much more controlled manner.
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