The criteria fixed for setting up a Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary in a particular area is as under:-
(i) In an existing CGHS city:- For opening of a new Allopathic CGHS dispensary in an existing CGHS city, there has to be a minimum of 2000 Card holders (serving employees of Central Government and Central Civil pensioners).
(ii) Extension of CGHS to a new City:- For extension of CGHS to a new city, there has to be a minimum of 6,000 Card holders.
As the resources under CGHS are fully committed, it is not possible at present to extend CGHS network to areas that are presently not covered even with the existing criteria.
The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.