Under the Employees’ State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) administered by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and respective State Governments, there are 151 hospitals in different parts of the country of which 116 hospitals are run by State Governments and 35 run directly by the ESIC. ESIC provides for and bears full expenditure for annual Repair and Maintenance, Special Repairs and Capital Works. Provision has been made for constitution of Hospital Development Committee in each Hospital with requisite administrative and financial powers for taking up development works/Repair and Maintenance works for improvement of various facilities in the hospitals. ESIC is ensuring that these hospitals have required basic infrastructure to render satisfactory services to ESI beneficiaries. In ESI Hospital, Mangalore, the basic infrastructure i.e., the building and other facilities are mostly available. There is no hospital in Koppal, Karnataka.
Improvement in services is an on-going process. Representations regarding functioning of ESIC, as and when received, are sent to ESI Corporation to enable suitable corrective measures.
ESIC has inter-alia taken following steps to improve the condition of the ESI hospitals in the country:
(i) Ceiling on reimbursement of expenditure on medical care to the State Government has been increased from Rs. 1200/- to Rs. 1500/- per Insured Persons (IPs) per year with effect from 1.4.2012. In addition, it has also been decided to reimburse uptoRs. 200/- per IP per annum to the State Governments for the year in which the bed occupancy in all the State ESI Hospitals is more than 70% during the completed financial year. This additional amount is borne fully by the ESI Corporation.
(ii) Hospital Development Committees have been constituted in ESI Hospitals and given adequate administrative and financial powers for taking decisions for improvement in medical care facilities.
(iii) Modernisation and Up-gradation of hospitals by providing modern equipment for diagnostic and clinical services.
(iv) ESIC has formulated norms and standards for staff and equipment for smooth functioning of the hospitals and dispensaries.
(v) Super Specialty treatment is being provided through tie up hospitals and expenditure thereon is borne completely by the ESIC.
(vi) ESIC has decided to appoint part time specialists in State run hospitals on contract basis till the State Governments makes regular appointment.
This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question.