Health care

Ailing scheme

Print edition : March 07, 2014

The ECHS polyclinic at the Army Veterans Welfare Complex in Katpadi, Tamil Nadu, which is difficult to access. It was moved from Vellore, incoveniencing veterans seeking medical treatment. Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

An ECHS polyclinic functioning in a rented building near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Photo: G. KARTHIKEYAN

Jodhpur, January 3, 1972: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi talking to an injured jawan in a military hospital. Photo: PIB

The Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme is meant to provide cashless health-care services to veterans and their families, but inadequate funding, lack of empanelled hospitals and complete neglect have rendered it ineffective.
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