The Ex Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is a social welfare scheme designed to provide Medicare to Ex-servicemen and their dependents. This scheme was launched in the year 2003 by The Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare and currently has 427 Polyclinics and medical treatment centers and hospitals across the nation.
The scheme is completely financed by The Government of India, and is currently headed by MAJ General NR Indurkar – Managing Director of ECHS.
Let us talk about the most important benefits and features of the scheme. Further, we will discuss in detail about some of the other most important aspects of the scheme, such as:
The Government along with the Armed Forces realized that the current systems of state sponsored Medicare were not enough for our nation’s soldiers, hence they introduced The Ex Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)
Under this scheme, eligible personal will be entitled towards quality medical treatment and medical coverage to the retirees of the Indian Armed Forces. The ECHS not only covers Ex-servicemen but it also extends its coverage to the person/family that is in receipt of thee Ex-servicemen’s pension (after his/her death)
The following are the core benefits and features of ECHS:
As mentioned before, all Ex-servicemen are eligible to enroll under this scheme. Let us now understand the steps involved for applying towards this scheme:
Step 1) Collect the ECHS application form and fill it
Step 2) Make the one-time contribution fee
Step 3) You will need to furnish an affidavit (if needed)
Step 4) Collect your ECHS Smart Card
You can also register under this scheme through the official ECHS website. Let us guide you through the steps.
You will now need to populate the requested details within the form.
Once filled and submitted, your ECHS account will now be registered
You can now login to your ECHS portal with your username and password and upload the requested documents to the portal.
Once all documents are vetted, you can download your ECHS Card through the portal.
The following are eligible towards ECHS:
To learn about the entire eligibility requirements kindly visit the following link and scroll down to the ‘Eligibility section.’
You can also reach out to their customer support team through the following contact details below:
You can easily check your ECHS claim status by visiting their ‘Online Claim Status Checker’ page. Once on the page, kindly enter the following details:
Once you have registered under the scheme, you can login to your ECHS account and download your ECHS card. You can also check your card status through the portal after logging-in.
With a view to improve the user experience, various features and benefits of The ECHS scheme can be accessed through The Official ECHS Android and IOS Apps respectively. Kindly download the apps on your phone and access the portal through it.
Your claim can be submitted online through their claim submission page on The ECHS portal.
Ensure that you have below mentioned documents at hand before submitting you claim:
It is important that you are well versed with the nearest hospitals and polyclinics affiliated under this scheme. You can get a complete list of all hospitals here.
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Frequently asked questions
The full form of ECHS is Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)
MAJ General NR Indurkar (As of 2022)
Yes, it is solely available to Ex-servicemen and their dependents.