Permission before Purchase of Digital Hearing Aid under WBHS

Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
Audit Branch
Medical Cell

No. 3733-F (MED) Dt. 10.05.2013


Cost of Digital Hearing Aid (WBHS Code No. 03003003) is reimbursable under the West Bengal Health Scheme, 2008.

As per provision of the West Bengal Health Scheme, 2008, prior permission of the West Bengal Health Scheme Authority is needed for purchase of this costly device.

From some time past, requests are coming from various corners for waiving of the norm of obtaining prior permission of the West Bengal Health Scheme Authority for purchase of this device. West Bengal Health Scheme Authority has also recommended in favour of abolishing this system considering the medical as well as technical superiority of digital device over the conventional analog one.

Accordingly, in partial modifications of relevant Clauses of the Orders of Finance Department, the undersigned is directed by the order of the Governor to say that the Governor is pleased to declare that subject to the following conditions:-

  • The maximum reimbursable amount is limited to the rate mentioned under WBHS Code No. 03003003.
  • Essentiality of the device should be supported with prescription and audiometry report of treating Specialist of recognized Health Care Organisations.

This will take effect from the date of issue of the notification. Past cases should not be re-opened.

By order of the Governor,

Sd/- H.K. Dwivedi
Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

No. 3733-F dated 10.05.2013, Source

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