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Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948 /ESI Cashless Treatment for Emergencies Re-Introduced

On 17th of March, 2017 ESIC has decided to reintroduce cashless benefits for its members in case of dire situations such as employment injury, road traffic accident, and other life threatening emergencies. ESI member can directly seek medical attention from tie up hospitals for cashless treatment. Tie-up hospital has to immediately start stabilizing treatment and will seek permission from respective SMC office through e-mail for continuing further treatment. Upon receiving email from tie-up hospital, SMC will constitute a committee/designate an official at ESIC hospital/office nearest to the tie up Hospital. This committee/official will visit tie-up hospital by same day/next day to verify and identity emergency and other details of the patient (IP) so as to authenticate continuation of treatment. Once it is verified as genuine, the referral letter may be issued to tie-up hospital for cashless treatment.