Mangaluru: ESI dispensaries in Mangaluru have been running out of emergency medicines needed to treat senior citizens for the past few days. The medicines required to treat high blood pressure patients, as well as several important medicines, are not available at their dispensaries. So, doctors advise cardholders to purchase them from a medical store and then reimburse them at their dispensaries.
The economic situation of common people worsened as a result of the lockdown. In this situation, where there is no public transportation and no Xerox shops, people are forced to go to medical shops and also look for Xerox shops to complete the reimbursement procedure. They must go through all of this for a claim of only Rs.100, said an ESI beneficiary.
Apart from that, individuals who claimed their bills prior to the lockdown have yet to receive reimbursement, and when they inquired at ESI, they were told that the government did not allocate funds so far. Now the question is what went wrong with the cardholder when he paid his ESI due to the government on time every month and hoped for better government services but ended up with no money and no medicine.
Now the beneficiaries are appealing to local authorities to resolve the problem and simplify claim procedures by instantly posting invoices to the portal, supplying emergency drugs to ESI dispensaries, and clearing all outstanding bills for cardholders.
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