Some Military Hospitals and medical establishments have not been entertaining released SSCOs/ECOs and other contractual employment personnel on the ground that according to rules they are not authorized service medical facilities. As it is, such personnel are not entitled to ECHS benefits.
This approach is incorrect and is in contravention of Rules.
Though broadly speaking only those personnel are entitled to medical facilities who have earned a pension from the forces but the MoD through DGAFMS Letter No 44017/DGAFMS/DG-IC dated 11 Aug 1997 had clearly clarified that “any person who has been released from service after completing the specified period of engagement, otherwise than at his (or her - it's high time for us faujis to be gender sensitive) own request or by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency and has been given a gratuity" shall remain entitled to avail medical facilities.
So if you are in the category and have been refused medical facilities in the past, you know what to quote next time :-)