Why did we do this performance audit?
Government of India, Ministry of Defence (MoD), in December 2002 sanctioned a health care scheme namely “Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)” to cater for Medicare of all ex-servicemen (ESM) in receipt of pension, including disability and family pensioners, as also their dependents,to include wife/husband, legitimate children and wholly dependent parents.
The total strength of the ex-servicemen and their dependents across the country as of April 2015 was 47.24 lakh. The Scheme aims to provide healthcare on cashless basis to all beneficiaries as applicable in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) through a network of ECHS Polyclinics, Service hospitals and private empanelled/Government hospitals spread across the country. The Scheme came into effect from 1 April 2003.
What does this performance audit cover?
We took up the performance audit of the Scheme for the period from 2012-13 to 2014-15 to obtain reasonable assurance that: