ESIC to open DCBO in each district in phased manner

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 09:59:23


Business Bureau,

SANTOSH Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Government of India during Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Security Award distribution ceremony at Ambedkar International Center, Delhi recently announced about the opening of Dispensary-cum-Branch Office (DCBO) in each district of the country in a phased manner. Besides, he also announced the availability of ESIC “Chinta Se Mukti “ mobile app on UMANG platform of GoI.

Two audio-visuals (AVs) and a film on ESIC ‘Chinta Se Mukti’ mobile app and DCBO were also exhibited during the programme. The other dignitaries who graced the occasion were Heeralal Samariya, Secretary, Labour and Employment, GoI, Anuradha Prasad, Additional Secretary, Labour and Employment, GoI, Raj Kumar, Director General ESIC, Sandhya Shukla, Financial Commissioner, ESIC and Dr. Avnessh Singh, DG, FASLI.

While addressing the gathering Gangwar, informed that DCBO is being started in 29 districts. Gradually, it will be extended in the entire country. The DCBOs will be set up in every district to make presence of primary care services, irrespective of whether a district has been partially or fully implemented or there is already a State-run dispensary in that area.

He further informed that DCBO will perform the functions of both dispensary and branch office. Generally these are two separate units but in case of a DCBO, these will act as single unit providing Out Patient Services and cash benefit payments under one roof besides providing medicines to patient attending DCBO. DCBO will also distribute medicines to (Insurance Medical Practitioner) IMP/Mod-IMP/Mod- Employer Utility Dispensary (EUD) referred patients and will make referrals for secondary care, payment of bills of empaneled chemist/diagnostic center and to provide IT help care services to IPs/employers.

It will reimburse the medical reimbursement claim bills of beneficiaries of medicines and lab bills outside the approved list of medicines and lab tests prescribed by the modified EUD and modified IMP/IMP. 100 per cent of the establishment and operational cost of DCBO would be borne by ESIC and the concerned State would not be bearing any expenditure under this head.