In addition to the West Bengal Services (Medical Attendance) Rules 1964, with a view to providing better medical facilities to the employees of Government of West Bengal, West Bengal Health Scheme-2008 has been introduced vide memo number 7287-E, dated 19-09-2008 issued by Finance Department, Government of West Bengal subject to forgoing Medical Allowance from salary drawn. Government extended this facilities also to the superannuated and family pensioner of Government of West Bengal vide number 3475-F, dated 11.05.2009 with effect 01.06.2009 subject to foregoing Medical Relief from pension drawn.
In the year 2009 and 2010, in addition to All India Services (Medical Attendance) Rules 1954, Government of West Bengal extended the facilities of WBHS, subject to the forgoing to CGHS, to the employees of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Indian Forest Services (IFS) Indian Police Services (IPS) and deputed the affairs of West Bengal vide order number 2926-PAR (IAS)/1M-14/2009, dated; 30.10.2009, 9615-For, dated; 24.11.2009 and 68-P.S. Cell/HR/O/1M-14/, dated 11.01.2010. Again in the year 2011, Government extended the benefits of WBHS to the retired AIS officers who served in the state of affairs of West Bengal subject to the foregoing to CGHS and one time contribution of amounting ₹40,000.00(Forty Thousand) vide number 921-F (MED), dated 16.09.2011.
In WBHS-08, a beneficiary can get reimbursement of the cost of all indoor treatment in empanelled hospitals within the state of West Bengal and the cost of OPD treatment for 17 (Seventeen) diseases as specified as per clause of this scheme. Besides these, treatment can also be availed in 9 (Nine) enlisted hospitals outside West Bengal. Claim of only indoor treatment in non-empanelled hospitals within the state is also reimbursable subject to the compliance of guidelines.
In the year 2014, Government notified to change the name of scheme as “West Bengal Health for All Employees and Pensioners Cashless Medical Treatment Scheme 2014” in place of West Bengal Health Scheme and introduced Cashless Medical Facilities up to ₹1,00,000.00 (Rupees one lac) per indoor treatment.
For more details about the scheme please visit www.wbfin.nic.in or https://wbhealthscheme.gov.in/