Social activist writes to CM on patient home at CMC Vellore, inefficiencies of CMHIS

Mokokchung: Deductions from govt employees for CMHIS should only commence from date of registration, says Bendang Imsong

BY | Friday, 14 June, 2024

Mokokchung Based social activist, Bendang Imsong, has written another Open Letter to Nagaland Chief Minister. In this letter, issued today, Imsong points out concerns on the delay in the construction or the patient home at Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore and the inefficiencies surrounding the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance (CMHIS).

On the patient home at CMC Vellore, the social activist said that the Government of Nagaland had sanctioned Rs 4 crores for the construction but no progress has been made in the issuance of the tender or work order.

“This delay is causing significant distress to patients from Nagaland who seek treatment at CMC Vellore. Many patients and their families struggle to find affordable accommodation, adding to their emotional and financial burdens during an already challenging time CMC Vellore is a vital healthcare destination for the people of Nagaland, providing specialized treatments that are not available within the state,” the letter said.

The establishment of the patient home would offer much-needed support and comfort to those undergoing treatment far from home, Imsong added.

On CMHIS, the social activist claimed that the implementation of CMHIS at CMC Vellore remains non-functional to date which has resulted in considerable inconvenience for patients who are unable to access the promised benefits.

Imsong also claimed that since November 2022, deductions have been made from the salaries of government employees and pensioners for CMHIS, even for those who have not registered for the scheme. “This practice is unjust and illegal,” he said, maintain that deductions should only commence from the date of registration, ensuring that no one is unfairly charged for services they have not opted into. It is imperative that the funds deducted from unregistered individuals be refunded immediately, he added.

Further, he said that those who have not received medical reimbursement despite being treated at empaneled hospitals should be promptly compensated.

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